University of Texas at Austin
Libraries Home | Mobile | My Account | Renew Items | Sitemap | Help |
support us

University of Texas Libraries

University of Texas Libraries
Celebrating the Life

Quick Links

About the Library

Contact & Location

Hours

Book Return

Patents & Trademarks

Ask the Engineering Library

Patent Searching

  1. Purpose and Instructions
  2. Introduction
  3. Brainstorming
  4. Index Search
  5. Classification Codes
  6. Classification Definitions
  7. Patent Review
  8. Keyword Searching
  9. Conclusion

Brainstorming

The first step in our patent search involves brainstorming. For our purposes, we will start with the idea that you have invented a new kind of computer mouse. Write down all the words you can think of that describe your invention. It is important to think broadly and creatively. To help, keep the following questions in mind:

 

4. Index Search------->