Have an idea for an invention or, better yet, have an invention? This workshop combines taking the mystery out of patents and of prior art searching with exploring what it takes to get a patent and what can be done to make sure an invention is legally protected. Practice searching the databases that are used by patent information specialists and patent examiners with a Brown librarian. Learn from Leonard Katzman, Director of Technology Commercialization, Brown Technology Paternerships, the ins and outs of patenting at Brown.
In this global economy, it is the responsibility of inventors to check not only prior art and patentability in their own country but also published patents and applications in other countries. This is even more critical if the inventor wishes to patent in other countries. Online access to global patent documents can be found with the European Patent Office's (EPO) platform esp@cenet and with the World Intellectual Property Office's (WIPO) PatentScope.
New users are encouraged to run through video tutorials on patents provided through esp@cenet's Get Assistance links. These are excellent tools for learning the basics of patents worldwide and searching them. The modules include self-testing of understanding.