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CODEx Autumn 2019: Patents

In this guide:

Why should I care about patents?

•Identify inventions protected by patents, in particular to avoid infringement and seek opportunities for licensing;
•Monitor activities of potential partners and competitors both within the country and abroad;
•Identify market niches or discover new trends in technology or product development at an early stage.


Where to find patents?

Google Patents

includes 'Find Prior Art' option to search multiple sources (Patents, Books, Scholar, Web) and fine tune by inventor (people facet) as well as dates.

European Patent Office (EPO)- Espacenet

covers close to 100 million documents from 92 different countries, including complete backfiles from many (including non-European) countries.


Understand patent information


•Inventor(s)- who invented the patent
•Applicant(s)- who holds the rights of exclusive use of a patent



description of the claimed invention and related developments in the field of technology

Why and how

list of claims indicating the scope of patent protection sought by the applicant.


Priority Date in Priority Number: the date when a patent application is firstly filed at a patent office. Once the patent is granted, the inventor will have the exclusive right to use his invention from the filing date.
-A standard patent lasts for up to 20 years.
-An innovation patent only lasts for up to eight years.
-Pharmaceutical patents can last up to 25 years.
•Legal status: grant, application, withdrawn, expired, abandoned, etc.



  • Patents are territorial rights, the exclusive rights are only applicable in the country or region in which a patent has been filed and granted.
  • In application number or publication number, Country codes  means in which countries the patent is protected.
  • WO provides 30 months protection from priority date in 152 countries and states.


See more information at Patent Study Guide