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More Information on Patents

There is more information about patents on the Biological Sciences Patents page

See also Patent and Trademarks Research Guide from Texas A&M

About Patents

Patents relate to new and useful inventions and represent an implicit contract between the inventor and the state whereby the state confers a monopoly on the inventor, for a specifc time period, with respect to the manufacture and sale of the invention, in consideration of the inventor’s disclosure of the description of the invention.

Information on Canadian patent legislation can be found at Canadian Intellectual Property Office.  

A number of jursidictions are now allowing software and business methods to be patented. Information on Canadian patent legislation as it relates to computer-implemented inventions is found in the Manual of Patent Office Practice Chapter 16.

"Under the European Patent Convention and the patent laws of a number of countries members of the European Patent Organisation, computer programs and business methods as such are still expressly excluded from patent protection." See the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for details.


The patent databases listed below will help you get started on searching for patents. Start with the US patent database and then move out from there.

The Library does not do "full patent searches". For that you need to consult with a patent lawyer or if you are a faculty member contact Research Services.

Patent Sources

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