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Where to search for patents
There are many search tools available to the MIT Community. A selection of useful starting points are listed below.
European Patent Office patent search tool with access to information about inventions and technical developments from the 19th century to the present
Free Patents Online
Patent search and online research community - developing tools to make searching world’s patent data easier and more convenient
Search and read the full text of patents from around the world
The Lens Institutional Toolkit
The Lens Institutional Toolkit provides access to nearly all of the patent documents in the world as open, annotatable digital public goods that are integrated with scholarly and technical literature along with regulatory and business data. APIs & bulk data downloading are now available in the Lens Institutional Toolkit.
Register for an account with your MIT email.
PatentScout (MIT only)
The MIT Technology Licensing Office provides this patent search tool.
PatSnap (MIT only)
Patent search tool covering United States, Europe, WIPO/PCT and China, with patent management and analytics
Prior Art Archive
Developed as a collaboration between the MIT Media Lab, Cisco, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), this open-access repository archives prior art in a variety of formats, including Word documents, web pages, Excel spreadsheets, images, and videos.
SciFinder (MIT only)
Search by research topic or chemical structure; can limit to patents and company name
United States Patent and Trademark Office patent search
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