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Patents: Patents

What is a Patent?

A Patent is legal and technical document that describes an invention and grants a property right to the inventor for a limited period. Patents are an important source of technical and scientific information, as they are often the first source of published information on a new technology.

It has been estimated that over 70% of the information published in patents is never published elsewhere.

Got an idea? Need info on intellectual property

Newcastle City Library is a designated PATLIB UK centre and they are the only library providing specialist patent information between Leeds and Glasgow. The Centre is supported by the UK Intellectual Property Office and the European Patent Office.

They provide a range of services to support you through trade marks, copyright and patents.

  • Information packs and specialists leaflets
  • Free Information Property Clinics; various times available 
  • Access to historical British patent abstracts and name indexes from 1617 to 1930.
  • Patent and Trade mark searches; please contact the centre for more information.

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How to find patents

Intellectual Property on the web

Faculty Liaison Librarian

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Jenny Campbell
I'm one of the Liaison Librarians for the Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering. I have specific responsibility for supporting the School of Computing and the School of Engineering.

You can find my office on Level 4 in the Philip Robinson Library.

I'm also responsible for supporting staff and students in Singapore
0191 208 7640
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