Patents are very different types of information than books or journal articles: the reasons you would use a patent are usually very specific, and the ways to find patents can be tricky. By working through this guide, you will get a better understanding of patents overall, and learn some strategies for finding patents effectively.
Disclaimer: This guide was created to help you search for patents, however Library staff cannot interpret search strategies, ideas, or processes for you in regards to patents.
For legal advice, contact a patent lawyer or agent. Try canada.lawyers.com; in the Yellow pages try lawyers - intellectual property or patent agents. UW researchers should contact The Office of Research - Waterloo Commercialization Office while off-campus inventors may want to contact the Canadian Innovation Centre.
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Two key documents are often helpful for patent searchers, and I will refer to them later in my guide. For quick reference, they are also listed here.