PATENTS provide protection to inventors so s/he can develop, market, or otherwise implement an invention for a limited period of time (currently 20 years for utility patents in the U.S.). UTILITY patents cover a function or process, either mechanical, chemical or electrical. DESIGN patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. PLANT patents pertain to the development of new plant characteristics. FOREIGN patents are issued by patent offices in other countries and may be obtained in addition to, or instead of, a U.S. patent. PATENT PENDING means a patent has been applied for but has not been issued yet. These patent applications are now searchable.
NOTE: These may also be obtained directly from the pertinent patent offices or from commercial vendors.
Looking for chemical patents? Unless you have a trade name or patent number, they are very challenging to search in the traditional patent resources.
UF Libraries are not a patent depository library.
Information provided on these patent and trademark pages is for general information purposes only. If you are seriously interested in obtaining a patent or trademark you should consult a patent attorney. Searches, especially keyword searches, are only preliminary and a patent attorney should be consulted for a thorough search.
University of Florida | Office of Technology Licensing UF faculty, staff and students needing patent information, working toward or applying for patents should consult this office.
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