A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the United States government to an inventor or owner “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention.
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There are many reasons to do a patent search and finding unique technical information is one of the ways that might be most helpful for this class.
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|Why search for patents? MIT Libraries (5-minute video)|
|How to read a patent|
Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)
In 2015 the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) replaced the United States Patent Classification (USPC) system.