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Resources for Patent Research

Find out what makes your technology unique and who else holds patents in your space. This basic DIY patent searching course includes an introduction to open web databases for patent searching, an overview of classification systems, and examples of prior art searches.
You will learn:
  • How to read a patent document quickly and efficiently
  • The advantages and limitations of various online patent resources
  • Strategies to build effective searches using keywords and classifications


When: Thursday, March 18, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Online via Zoom (registrants will receive a link before session start)

Instructor: Michelle Spence, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Engineering and Computer Science Library, michelle.spence@utoronto.ca


This workshop is part of an Entrepreneurship Research Skills Co-Curricular Record as recognized by the University of Toronto. They are open to all U of T students, faculty, and staff. Registration is required.

Related LibGuide: Introduction to Patents and Patent Searching by Engineering Library

Thursday, March 18, 2021
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
St. George (Downtown) Campus
  Business & Entrepreneurship     Co-Curricular Record  

Registration is required. There are 90 seats available.

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