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  • Espacenet
    Search and view the full text of patents. Iincludes UK and European patents and patents from individual European patenting authorities,World patents and US Patent Office. Also includes Australian patents.
  • US Patent Full Text Database
    Full text of US patents from 1976, full page images from 1790.
  • Google Patents
    Searches USPTO database from 1790s to last few months. Does not cover patent applications or foreign patents or recently issued patents.
  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office
    Search 75 years of patent descriptions and images.
  • Japan Patent Office
    includes searching  patents and trademarks databases.
  • Industrial Property Digital Library
    Free online service for searching Japanese patents, patent applications, utility models, designs and trademarks.

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  • IP Australia
    Intellectual property organisations in Australia and overseas.

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Citing a patent

Citing a patent in a bibliography or reference list:

The minimum data required for an acceptable citation are the inventor's name(s), year of patent issue, title of patent, country of issue, patent number (include additional dating information, if available, at the end)

For example:  

Bernson, SW 1980, Conversion of Methane. U.S Patent 4,199,533. April 22

De Wied, A 1957, Improvements in the packing of sausage casings, GB 769446.


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