Worldwide IP Offices
links to Patent Offices around the world.
European Patent Office
provides a central access point to patents from most western European countries. Summaries are in English, and, where available, text in the language of the country of origin.
abstracts of a broad range of international patent documents. Contains family search information (i.e. lists countries in which a particular patent has been filed).
UK Patent Office
provides full text of patents back to 1988.
United States Patent and Trademark Office
includes full text of all patents back to 1790. From 1976, they are fully searchable, prior to this only indexes are searchable.
searches most major international patent sites. Create a free account to set up alerts on your subject area.
is a freely available site indexing patents from over 70 countries and is searchable independent of language.
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