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Civil and Environmental Engineering: Patents

A guide to civil and environmental engineering resources from the University of South Carolina's Thomas Cooper Library.

Information About Patents


LexisNexis Patent Search

The Patents search form is located in the US Legal section of LexisNexis Academic. On the Patents search form, you can perform such tasks as:

  • Find a patent by Patent Number
  • Find a patent by Inventor
  • Find a patent by Applicant Name or Applicant Number
  • Search European and Japanese Patents

Patent Searching Online

All patents issued in the United States (1790 - current) are searchable from the USPTO's website.  There are several other databases that contain this information with different search engines and output features.  You may want to explore searching with several of the interfaces to make your search comprehensive.