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Energy Engineering

A research guide for Energy Engineering students at the University of Melbourne

Finding patents

About patents

Image: Yorklib. (2010, January 2). Andrew J. Bolster, York, Nebraska patent no. 489,844 cultivator. [Digital image]. Retrieved May 3, 2018, from, Creative Commons


A patent is an exclusive right that is granted by a government to an inventor for any device, substance, method or process that is new, inventive and useful. It also provides a legal right for the inventor or creator to commercially exploit the invention for the life of the patent.

To access more databases, click the A-Z ejournals and databases link on the library homepage.


Introduction to Espacenet

Other Patent Databases