How to search for patent information
New factsheet by the IPR helpdesk of the EC
The European IPR Helpdesk has released a new factsheet explaining how to carry out a patent search using one of the most used patent databases: Espacenet. Patent searches serves 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. The aim of this factsheet is thus to present this enigmatic tool in a user-friendly fashion. More information can be found here.