A patent is a right granted for any device, substance, method or process which is new, inventive and useful.
A patent is legally enforceable and gives the owner the exclusive right to commercially exploit the invention for the life of the patent.
(Source: IP Australia)
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European Patent Office is a free database which gives full-text of European, US, WIOP (World Intellectual Property Organization), and Japanese patents.
IP Australia is the government agency responsible for grating rights in patents, trade marks and designs. AusPat is the new search system for Australian patents.
The site offers Quick, Structured and Advanced search options (you need to accept the 'Disclaimer' prior to your search). Before searching it would be helpful to read AusPat user guide (pdf), or AusPat Tips and Hints.
Copies can be purchased by contacting IP Australia
International Patent Classification (IPC) 'a hierarchical classification system used primarily to classify and search patent documents (patent applications, specifications of granted patents, utility models, etc.) according to the technical fields they contain'.
Monash University Library also holds a number of journals that contain articles written by experts on recent patents in the fields of engineering and more. They include Recent patents on biotechnology; corrosion science; engineering; nanotechnology; and space technology.
To view these journals: