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Research Guide for Materials Science: Patents

Patents Library Guide

Guide to Patent Information click here to see a complete guide to sources of patent information.


Need advice?

The University of Oxford has a spin-out company called Isis Innovation Limited that can provide advice and further information to researchers thinking about patenting their research.

What is a Patent?

"A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem.  In order to be patentable, the invention must fulfill certain conditions." (WIPO, 2013) To learn more about patents, see the following links:

Key resources

Try searching the following resources to find patents (hover over each link for more information):