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Mechanical and Industrial Engineering : Patents

European Patent Office

European Patent Office (EPO) provides esp@cenet a network of Europe’s patent databases. This site includes access to machine translation of European patents for some languages.

Protecting Intellectual Property Rights

Stopfakes.Gov -- Toolkits about the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) environment in various countries. 

For additional resources, contact your local  Patent and Trademark Depository Library;   

visit the USPTO Public Search Facility or the USPTO Main STIC Library.


Sources for Patents



International Patents

International Patent Offices

To see if your idea has been patented abroad, refer to searchable databases made available from other International Intellectual Property Offices.

Many countries provide free online access to patent collections.  Some available databases are:

For additional search resources, contact the local Patent and Trademark Depository Library, visit the USPTO Public Search Facility or the USPTO Main STIC Library.  The staff in the Main STIC Library are experts on foreign patents and able to help the public as needed.

Subject Guide

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Joan Omoruyi
Snell Library
Northeastern University
Boston, MA