Learn about patents from ACS: What Every Chemist Should Know About Patents (fourth edition, 2019).
In order to pull up all relevant patents, it is important to search by concepts. This involves using expanded vocabulary and key terms to describe a technology. Terminology is always changing and varies around the world.
Prior art searches should extend beyond patents to include non-patent literature. Contact me if you'd like some help.
McGill community members should visit the Research and Innovation website for information on disclosing an invention and investigating its commercialization potential.