More about patents: Further consulting and specials

Where can I get more information and consulting?

Consulting you can get from:

Further informationen on the net:

What is a patent?

A patent is an exclusive right given by law to inventors to make use of, and exploit, their inventions for a limited period of time. By granting the inventor a temporary monopoly in exchange for a full description of how to perform the invention, patents play a key role in developing industry around the world.

Why are patents an important source of information?

  • Patents report on current affairs. In the research process the patent application is often the first published account of the invention and it may also be the only published account.
  • Patents constitute a huge proportion of the world’s technical literature. 70 % of the information are not published elsewhere.
  • A patent application cannot be anonymous.
  • The patent specification must give the complete technical details of the invention containing often many further reference on the literature.
  • More than 90% of the patent literature is not granted anymore.
  • The use of patent information is important for business and law issues to secure your industrial property rights or to offend trade mark rights from other companies. By searching patents you can identify your competitors and monitor their activities (market analysis).
  • The use of patent information is important for research and development to avoid dupplication of effort (and possible infringement) in research and development, to get ideas for new products and applications, to trace the development of a technology, to find the solutions to your technical problems by getting detailed technical descriptions of products and to survey the state-of-the-art.

How to get patents?

The TUHH University Library itself does not own any patents; they may only be ordered by the staff of the Technical University without any form using the Document Delivery Department.
German and American patents can be searched free of charge in the Internet using the Patent database Depatisnet.

Subject librarian: Thomas Hapke