These library databases act as indexes to many thousands of journals. Some include other types of information such as books, patents and conference papers.
The following resources provide information about patents. Each database has its own strengths and its coverage will be widest for the first-named geographical area. Use these tools to locate patent application and granted patent documents from around the world.
The following are the official websites for the major patent offices. The EPO, USPTO, KIPO, JPO and SIPO are part of the IP5, a co-operative group of the five largest patent offices in the world. If the patent databases do not provide all the information you need for a patent, for example its legal status, you can refer back to the patent office of origin.
The design of a product, in other words, how it looks, its shape, arrangement of parts and any decoration, can be protected too. Designs can cover specific items but also packaging, symbols and typefaces. By registering a design you can prevent others from copying and using it for up to 25 years, subject to renewal every 5 years. Designs can be registered with national (usually the patent office), regional or international design offices. The following tools enable you to search for and view registered designs.