Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Link to Libraries homepage
Link to Libraries homepage
Rutgers University Libraries

Alumni Databases: Patents

Useful bibliographic databases that are available for use without subscription or institutional affiliation.

U.S. Patents

U.S. Patent Office Databases
Search and view patents granted/applied for through the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Patents issued between 1790 and 1976 are searchable only by patent number and current US classifications. Full-text since 1976, full-page images since 1790.

Other Patent Databases

Canadian Patent Database
Index to Canadian patents from 1869 to the present. Abstracts available for patents granted after August 15, 1978; images available for patents granted since 1920. From the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).
"Access to more than 70 million patent documents worldwide, containing information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to today." From the European Patent Office and the members of the European Patent Organisation.
Japan Patent Office searchable database of patents, designs, trademarks, and other protected content.  

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, an equal access/equal opportunity institution. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to direct suggestions, comments, or complaints concerning any accessibility issues with Rutgers web sites to: or complete the Report Accessibility Barrier / Provide Feedback Form.