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Medical Devices, Intellectual Property and Patents

This libguide will be useful for the students researching on medical devices; it can also be used by researchers, faculty members and students needing information on patents and inventions.


United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
The USPTO offers web access to bibliographic and full-text patent databases. These databases provide full-text of patents from 1976 to the present and full page images from 1790 to the present.

See 'General information concerning patents' and Patent FAQ

A patent is a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor "to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States" for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.

See also: Patent and Trademark Depository at the Richard W. McKinney Engineering Library, the University of Texas at Austin

New to Patent Searching? See this important information about searching for patents:

How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search: A Step by Step Strategy - Web Based Tutorial (38 minutes)

Other patent sources: 

PATENTSCOPE:  Using PATENTSCOPE you can search 36 million patent documents including 2.2 million published international patent applications (PCT).


As the patent office for Europe, it provides support  to innovation, competitivenes and economic growth across Europe.
Patent Anatomy 101
An identification of portions found in a typical U.S. patent.
Given a patent number, will return a free, pdf formated version of the patent.

The Google Patent Search covers the entire collection of patents made available by the USPTO—from patents issued in the 1790s to present.

Medical Device Manufacturers Association - Patent Issues . See 'Three Ways to Strengthen Your Design Patent Portfolio in 2020'. 

The Intellectual Property Digital Library- WIPO GOLD-IP Reference Resource - See 'Three Ways to Strengthen Your Design Patent Portfolio in 2020' and 'Patent Strategies for Drug-Device Combination Products'. 

WIPO GOLD is a free public resource which provides a one-stop gateway to WIPO’s global collections of searchable IP data. It aims to facilitate universal access to IP information.

See 'Office of Applied Innovation',  Looking for a technology or invention to commercialize? Drexel currently has hundreds of technologies in many industry categories for your browsing. See also Drexel's  'Intellectual Property Policy'.


Bionanotechnology ebook - available from the Synthesis Digital Library

Nanotechnology Databases:  Comprehensive databases for nanomaterials, events, products,
companies, research labs, degree programs and publications. Read more: Nanowerk Nanomaterial Database

Nanodot: the original nanotechnology weblog from the Foresight Institute.

Nanotechnology related initiatives