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Patents: Search Tools

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Brian Gray
Kelvin Smith Library 201-F
(216) 368-8685


Reminder: Online Access

  • Library resources require going through CWRU Single Sign-On.
  • The best method is to follow links from the library website.
  • When logged in and a browser window is not closed, access should continue from resource to resource.
  • Remember to close your browser when done.
  • More information see this guide.

Quicklist: Search

Patent Searching Help

This guide should help your patent searching needs. If you need assistance, content me using the contact information in the left-sidebar. We can work by email or do an in-person meeting

If you would like a patent searching lecture or hands-on training for a class or any audience group, please let Brian Gray know at or 216-368-8685.

European Patent Office (EPO)

European Patent Office includes patents from all major countries in their search tool. It offers various search processes, translations, and downloading of PDFs. Most patent searches should start here.

United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)

The USPTO Provides resources for the searching of patents and trademarks. It also offers various “how to” links and additional tutorials helpful in locating patents or determining if you have a patentable idea.

Google Patent Search

Databases that Include Patents

U.S. Patents to PDF