This is the "What is a Patent?" page of the "Patents, Copyright and Intellectual Property" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

Patents, Copyright and Intellectual Property  

Information on copyright, fair use of materials for academic use. Also this guide covers patents, what they are, how to find them and how to apply for a patent
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

What is a Patent? Print Page

John Crerar Library News

Follow Crerar News on Twitter

Loading Loading...
blank padding


What is a patent?

A patent is a legal document that gives the patent owner certain exclusive rights in a specific country to his/her invention for a limited time, usually 20 years.

Patents can be a good source for information on new technology, trends in technological development, and innovations. They often contain references to other literature on the subject of coverage.


Off-campus Access

Almost all Library databases can be accessed from off-campus. The easiest way to do this is to use links from the Library website. You will then be prompted for your CNetID and password to authenticate yourself as an authorized user.

If you find sources through Google Scholar or other search engines, you may not automatically get access to Library resources. IT Services has created the ProxyIt bookmarklet for these situations.
Find out more on their web site.

Subject Specialist

Profile Image
Jenny Hart
Contact Info
Crerar Library, Room 130
5730 South Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615

Eckhart Library
Eckhart Hall 217
1118 E. 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Send Email

Crerar Library IM / CHAT

© The University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street Chicago Illinois 60637


Loading  Loading...