A patent is a grant of property right by the government to an inventor preventing others from making, using, or selling a new and useful invention for a period of 20 years from application date.
Watch library videos on patents:
How are patents different from trademarks and copyrights?
Watch a video on IP basics from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Basic Facts: Trademarks, Patents and Copyrights
Why search patents?
Searching patents during design can help you:
This video explains patent search strategies using Google Patents and Espacenet.
UW-Madison Graduate School policies - Intellectual Property
UW Office of Corporate Relations "The front door to the University for business and industry"
(Video) Patents and Inventions: common questions asked by students when it comes to patents and inventions. Stephanie Whitehorse, WARF Manager of Intellectual Property Operations.