In exchange for the complete disclosure of an invention, a patent grants the applicant the exclusive right to make, use, or sell the claimed invention for a limited period of time. Patents and patent applications are a great way to learn about an industry or technology. Much of the information in patents will not be available elsewhere.
If you are interested in learning about patents or would like help conducting searches, please contact April Colosimo.
Research professionals from McGill University may consult the Research and Innovation website for information on disclosing an invention and investigating its commercialization potential.
World patent information (major peer-reviewed journal)