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Patents: Home

How to find patents and information about patents, trademarks, and copyright.

Patent Info in the Library

 Interested in patents? Check out our books on patents, trademarks and copyright.

We have many databases with articles on patents. Some databases are only available to SFSU students, staff, and faculty. 


Inventors Clubs in the Bay Area

What are patents?

Patents are a right granted by the government to a person or legal entity (partnership or corporation), to exclude others from making, using or selling the invention claimed in the patent for approximately 20 years. They often include useful reference lists.

Patents are useful for:

  • studying trends in industries
  • finding out how items are made
  • tracing the development of an invention

There are 3 types of patents:

  • Utility
  • Design
  • Plants

Official website of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office:

Government Publications/ Health Education

Nina Hagiwara

Phone: (415) 405-2517