Finding Aids

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Finding Patents

Online Resources
  • Delphion Intellectual Property Network

    Full text of US, European, WIPO, and German applications and granted patents. Login required, alows for saved searches.
    Coverage: varies. Visit Delphion coverage and updates page.
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  • Depatisnet

    Interface for searching German patents sponsored by the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA). Other countries included. Five different Search modes: Beginner, Expert, IKOFAX, Family, and Assistant. Beginner allows search queries by use of fields, Expert facilitates search strings, IKOFAX requires a special syntax, Family allows search by Patent Number, and Assistant allows a query to be sent to Patent Information Centre staff.
    Coverage: varies by country. US, 1790 - present; Germany, 1877 - present.

  • EPO Publication Server (Europe)

    EPO provides not only search tools for patents from 38 European countries, but an extensive collection of resources relating to patent law and links to other databases.
    Coverage: 1978 - Present.

  • esp@cenet (European Patent Office)

    Contains three dabases: EP (European Patent), Worldwide, and WIPO. EP coverage includes all patent applications published by the European Patent Office. Worldwide coverage includes US, Chinese, German, anf French abstracts from 1970, British abstracts from 1893, and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) abstracts from 1978. The WIPO database contains the entire WIPO collection.
    Coverage: varies by country.
    Search tips: esp@cenet Quickhelp

  • General Information about Patents

    Links to pages on legal information, filing, expirations, and databse searching.

  • Google Patent Search

    Over 7 million US patents, full-text. Includes multi-page images from 1790 onwards, full-text from 1976, full-text with embedded images from 2001, and patent grand with OCR text from 1920-1979. Partnered with theUSPCO.
    Coverage: 1790 - Present.
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  • INPI (Brazil)

    Access is free. Entirely in Portuguese, with no English mirror site, but can be translated using Google Translate. Search using keywords, inventor name, and patent number.
    Coverage: 1990 - Present.
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  • Japan Patent Office

    Free full-text of annual reports, committee documents, symposia, and paper presentations relating to patents, copyrights, and trademarks registered in Japan.
    Coverage: annual reports, 2001 - present; other resources, 1998 - present.

  • Patent Search Tutorial

    Links to patent and trademark tutorials and bibliographic resources.

  • Sumobrain

    Full-text cross-collection searching for US Patents, US Patent Applications EP documents, Japan abstracts, and WIPO(PCT). Documents ordered individually or in bundles and saved, organized, and shared. Save up to 20 search strategies, and up to 20 portfolios for a total of 25,000 documents. Users have the option to merge and share portfolios with other Sumobrain users, providing them either with read-only or read/write permission, and also to export batch files to Excel for working offline.
    Coverage: varies by country.
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  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

    Free patent grant bibliographic data available. Information on filing patents, trademarks, copyrights, as well as resources for researchers and inventors.
    Coverage: 1790 - Present
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  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

    Bibliographic data is available from 1978 to the present for patents. Free registration allows you to save search results between sessions. the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a United Nations agency with 184 member states. Patents, trademarks, designs, and other items of interest to the intellectual property community are available via an advanced search interface, as well as information on negotiating international intellectual property disputes. 
    Coverage: varies, but typically begins with the late 1990's.

Print Resources Available in the Library
  • Patent, trademark, and copyright laws
    Author(s): Bureau of National Affairs (Washington, D.C.); edited by Jeffrey M. Samuels.
    ISBN: Not available
    Location: Main Books
    Call Number: KF3102 .P37 1985
  • Radio standards and related subjects : publications, reports and patents
    Author(s): United States. National Bureau of Standards. Radio Standards Laboratory.
    ISBN: Not available
    Location: Archives (ask at Circ Desk)
    Call Number: QC537 .U5 1960
  • Technology and copyright : sources and materials
    Author(s): edited by George P. Bush and Robert H. Dreyfuss ; foreward by Lowell H. Hattery
    ISBN: 0912338172
    Location: Main Books
    Call Number: KF3030.1.A75 B8 1979
  • Union list of technical reports, standards, and patents in engineering libraries
    Author(s): compiled by James A. Ruffner, Linda R. Musser for the American Society for Engineering Education, Engineering Libraries Division.
    ISBN: 0878231412
    Location: Main Reference
    Call Number: Z7911 .U54 1992

Technical Reports

Online Resources
  • Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Public Technical Reports

    Contains over 6 million citations, and in some cases full-text in PDF, to unclassified/unlimited distribution documents relevant to the Department of Defense mission. The scope of DTIC's collection includes not only information normally associated with Military Research, but also that relating to Biological and Medical Sciences; Environmental Pollution and Control; and Behavioral and Social Sciences.
    Coverage: 1930's - present
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  • Energy Citation Database (ECD)

    Provides free access to over 2.6 million science research citations with continued growth through regular updates. There are over 221,000 electronic documents, primarily from 1943 forward, available via the database. Citations and documents are made publicly available by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ECD includes scientific and technical research results in disciplines of interest to DOE such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, and computer science. It includes bibliographic citations to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.
    Coverage: 1943 - present
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  • NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Provides access to approximately 500K aerospace related citations, 90K full-text online documents, and 111K images and videos. NTRS numbers continue to grow over time as new scientific and technical information (STI) is created or funded by NASA. The type of information found in NTRS includes: conference papers, images, journal articles, photos, meeting papers, movies, patents, research reports, and technical videos.
    Coverage: 1901 - present
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  • National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)
  • The system includes Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publications, with more than 7,000 hardcopy titles in stock and more than 35,000 digital titles. The searches look at a full text index of the electronic documents and an index of the metadata records for both the hardcopy and digital titles.
    Coverage: 1968 - present
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  • National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

    Containing over 2.0 million bibliographic records, the NTIS Database provides access to the latest research sponsored by the United States and select foreign governments. Contents include research reports, computer products, software, video cassettes, audio cassettes and more. On average, NTIS adds over 30,000 new records per year to the Database. Most records include abstracts.
    Coverage: 1964 - present
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    A gateway to government science information and research results. Currently in its fifth generation, provides a search of over 42 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to over 2000 scientific Websites
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  • Technical Report Archive and Image Library (TRAIL)

    A collaborative project to digitize, archive, and provide persistent and unrestricted access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1982. Contains the NBS Monograph Series as well as material from these issuing agencies
    Coverage: 1910 - 1995

  • WorldCat

    Catalog of books, technical reports, web resources, and other material held by libraries worldwide. Covers over 48 million titles.
    Coverage: 1100 BCE - present
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Print Resources Available in the Library
  • BLIP - Boulder Laboratories Internal Publications List Fiscal 65
    Author(s): United States. National Bureau of Standards. Environmental Science Services Administration
    Location: Archives (ask at Circ Desk)
    Call Number: Z7405 .L3 .B6 1965
  • Dictionary of report series codes, 2nd ed.
    Author(s): Godfrey, Lois E.; Redman, Helen F.; Special Libraries Association. Rio Grande Chapter. Report Series Dictionary Committee.
    ISBN: 0871112094
    Location: Main Reference
    Call Number: Z6945.A2 S6 1973
  • Government reports annual index (and preceeding titles) 1946 - 1991
    Author(s): United States. National Technical Information Service.
    ISSN: 0145-532X
    Location: Main ILL Staff Room
  • Popular names of U.S. Government reports : a catalog
    Author(s): Library of Congress. Serial Division.; Bernier, Bernard A.; Gould, Katherine F.; Humphrey, Porter..
    ISBN: 0844401749
    Location: Main Reference
    Call Number: Z1223 .A199A 1976
  • Publications of the National Bureau of Standards ... catalog : a compilation of abstracts and keyword and author indexes (1901-1987)
    Author(s): United States. National Bureau of Standards.; Betty L. Oberholtzer.
    ISSN: 0275-1348
    Location: Archives (ask at Circ Desk) - Also full set availble on Main Bib Shelves
    Call Number: QC100 .U57 no.305

Theses and Dissertations

Online Resources

Many universities have their theses available in electronic format.  Some provide open access.  Search Libdex for the university and search for the title in its catalog.

If the granting university does not provide a digital copy, search these websites:

  • EThOS Electronic Theses Online Service

    The British Library’s Theses Online Service provides a single interface for ordering theses from several UK institutions of higher learning. Create an account and have a thesis delivered to your desktop. Many theses, however, are not yet available in digitized form and require a 30 day wait.

  • Google

    Enclose Thesis title with parentheses when entering inthe Search box.

  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

    An international organization that promotes the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to traditional paper-based theses and dissertations. It includes a list of other organizations providing similar services.

  • Thesis Canada Portal

    The National Library and Archives of Canada collects and preserves theses and dissertations from Canadian universities. Requests can be submitted through ILLiad

  • ILLiad

    In order to acquire a copy of a thesis not found electronically elsewhere, submit a request through Interlibrary Loan by logging in to ILLiad from the Doc Request section of the Library’s webpage. Alternately, you may search WorldCat, and enter the title of the thesis or dissertation into the form. By Subtype limits, select Thesis/dissertation from the second drop-down menu. If the thesis information appears after clicking the Search button, click on Request via ILLiad – Boulder, which automatically brings up the ILLiad login page. Once logged in, a request form will appear with the appropriate fields already populated by the thesis information. Simply click the Submit request button.