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Patents

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.

Dictionaries and Glossaries for Intellectual Property Terminology

Collage of patent terms

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's Glossary

Glossary of Patent Law Terms (Wikipedia)

Glossary of Patent Terminology (OCED)

Patents Glossary (FindLaw)

Understanding "Patentese" -- A Patent Glossary
(Originally published in JOM, and intended for scientists and engineers.)

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