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Patents: Where to look?

Patents are very tricky to search for. Use this guide to learn the what, why, and where about patents, and get started with your search.

Patents are usually filed first in their country of origin, and then filed in other countries as needed. For this reason, you may need to look in several search engines to ensure you've done a thorough search. However, many countries' patents are indexed through the World Intellectual Property Organization's PatentScope database, so you should definitely include this tool in your search strategy.