A guide to help ASU students find patent information including what is a patent, the different sections of a patent, how to do a prior art search, where to find statistics and other sources of patent information.
A patent is a government grant bestowing certain property rights on the inventor including the right for the inventor to exclude others from making, using, or selling the invention. Along with trademarks, trade secrets, and copyright, patents are legally considered "intellectual property." The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is responsible for examining patent applications and granting patents in the U.S. The USPTO is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. There are no Arizona State agencies involved in the patenting process.
This guide is an introduction to patents for ASU science and engineering students. It is divided into sections designated by the TABs across the top of this page. The contents of these sections include:
Explains the 3 main types of patents that the United States issues; breaks down the different sections of a patent and what each section contains. International patents are briefly covered as well. Links are provided to where more detailed information is available on the United States Patent and Trademark and the European Patent Office websites.
ASU Patent/IP Information
Links to information for ASU faculty, researchers and students; also contains information about ASU community outreach for IP and business information.