Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics & Science: Library Resources

Tools for the Massachusetts Academy Students

Patents

Search and review patents to understand:

  • Technical specifications/innovations
  • Product designs
  • Competitive differences/advantages
  • Players (competitors, inventors)

Three Types of Patents:

  • Utility Patent - any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof
  • Design Patent - a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture
  • Plant Patent - any distinct and new variety of plant produced through asexual reproduction

Where to Look for Patents: