How to search for patent information

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We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has produced a fact sheet explaining how to carry out a patent search using one of the most used patent databases, Espacenet, which includes quick and advanced search options.

Conducting patent searches is very useful for several purposes, not only for organizations such as SMEs and Universities, but also for researchers. However, in order to perform good and useful searches, it is essential to understand the structure of patent information, whatever form it can take (full text or bibliographic) as well as where and how to use the search tools available; elements that we will also present in this fact sheet.

The aim of this fact sheet is thus to introduce this enigmatic tool to you, in a user-friendly fashion.