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Standards and Patents: Finding Patents

A guide to finding standards and patents online

Patents - An Introduction

A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a government to an inventor for a limited period of time in exchange for a public disclosure of an invention. 

Each country governs its own patent procedures. In Australia, the body responsible for administering patents is IP Australia. A list of international ofiices is provided by WIPO.

Each patent goes through an application process prior to being granted. When you search for patents, you may find:

  • Patent applications
  • Granted patents
  • Lapsed patents
  • Other Patent search tools

    The Lens

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    The Lens is a worldwide, open-access, free full-text patent informatics resource. Search and retrieve the full-text of more than 80 million patent documents from US, Europe, Australia and WIPO, their status and counterparts up to 90 countries.

    You can try a quick search or an advanced search.