Dates: August 4-29, 2014
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
The corpus of patents constitutes one of the largest organized repositories of technical information in the world. The value of searching for these documents is not limited to inventors; information from patents is also used by historians, genealogists, entrepreneurs, attorneys, and engineers. Whether serving public or academic communities, patent searching is a skill to include in any librarian’s repertoire. As a primer for librarians, students in this course will learn the anatomy of a patent and how patents are organized. A variety of search strategies will be discussed, and several freely available databases will be consulted. Guidelines for avoiding "unauthorized practice of law," a concern often inhibiting librarians from providing effective services to their users, will also be provided.