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United States Patents

Foreign patents

The European Patent Office provides access to a variety of Patent Information Products and search engines. 

  • Espacenet is a gateway to patent indexes.
  • English, German, and French interfaces are available on the European Patent Office's Patent Databases page. 
  • Included are patents from the European Patent Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and from world-wide sources including the United States and Japan.

If the patent you need is a U. S. patent that is not included in the USPTO database, or if it is a foreign patent, Interlibrary Loan will try to obtain the patent for you.

You can obtain information about finding and using patents by consulting one of the subject specialists in engineering or science.

Requesting patents

From your ILLiad select Patent under the Request section on the left menu bar.

If possible, please include as much information as you have, such as:

  • Patent Number
  • Title of the Patent
  • Country of Origin
  • Author/Patent Holder

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