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Patent Resources & Intellectual Property Guide: Patent Resources

Resources for patents and intellectual properties

Types of Patents

There are 3 main types of patents:

  1. Utility: for the new and useful process, machine, manufacture, the composition of matter or any new and useful improvement thereof.
  2. Design: appearance of an item is protected. Patent must be an original design for a manufactured item.
  3. Plant: for invented or discovered and asexually reproduced distinct and new variety of plant, including cultivated sports, mutants, hybrids, newly found seedlings, and living organisms.

WPI Research - Patents & Patent Applications

WPI's Intellectual Property & Innovation Office has an Intellectual Property Inventory Catalog, which lists the patent applications and granted patents from WPI researchers.

Subscription Databases and Electronic Resources at WPI

Free Patent Databases

Some patent sites require a tiff image viewer, such as the free AlternaTIFF plug-in. Another option is to convert patents to PDF using