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Finding Company Information: A Research Guide: Patents

This guide describes locating company information using resources provided through the University Libraries.

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About Patents

A patent is a legal asset that gives its owner the right to make, use or sell an invention. By examining the patents assigned to a given company, it is often possible to gain insight into the company's research and product development plans. Patent information can be a valuable tool in performing competitive intelligence. Note that while many freely available sources of patent information are good for identifying particular patents, they are usually inadequate for performing a patentability search for a new invention, which generally requires a professional searcher with access to more specialized tools.

Please note: databases having the   icon can only be accessed from off campus if you are a registered library borrower. You must have a SUNY card issued by the University at Albany AND currently be affiliated with the university as faculty, staff or student.



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