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Patents, standards, and technical reports

Specialized resources for finding patents, standards, and technical reports

What is a patent?

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.

Searching the patent literature

Multi-national patent databases

National patent information sources

Patent classification

Disclosing an invention

Research professionals from McGill University may consult the Research and Innovation website for information on disclosing an invention and investigating its commercialization potential.

Books @ McGill Library

More books on patents @ McGill Library.


World patent information (major peer-reviewed journal)

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  • Free resource
  • In-library use
  • Catalogue record

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