Find Patents


What is a patent?

"A patent is a certification of grant by a government of an exclusive right with respect to an invention for a limited period of time." (McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Engineering, 1983)

Finding Patents

From the library home page:

  • Click on "Articles/Databases" and choose "patents" from the drop-down menu.
  • Select the appropriate site and search by the available options.
  • Display/print full-text/image of patent. If the full-text patent is not available, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Finding Books about Patents

Search the Library Catalogue. Here are a few books on patents at Thode Library:

  • Patent Your Own Inventions in Canada, call no. Ref. T 339 .B87 1991
  • The Canadian Business Guide to Patents for Inventions and New Products, call no. T 226 .Z1R67 1990
  • The Inventors' Handbook: How to Develop, Protect, and Market Your Inventions, call no. T 339 .P225 1990