A patent is a legal document giving the patent owner certain exclusive rights to his/her invention for a limited time. Patents are an excellent source of information on new technology, trends in technological development, and specific products or innovations.
Google Patents covers the entire collection of granted patents and published patent applications from the USPTO, EPO, and WIPO. US patent documents date back to 1790, EPO and WIPO to 1978. Google features the full text of pre-1976 USPTO patents, but be aware that this text was generated with an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) program and may contain errors.
Database of government-funded scientific and technical reports covering a wide variety of engineering topics. Register for a free account to access the full text of most reports published from 1996 to the present.
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