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Patents Online: Basics for Researchers: Foreign or International Patents

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Patents Worldwide

• A patent applies only in the country/countries in which it was filed

• 1. To locate the full-text of a registered or pending patent in other countries see

– Type in the publication or application number using Advanced Search. Click on the title retrieved and then on Original Documents to view/download in PDF

• 2. To search foreign patents via the European Union site

– Identify a relevant U.S. patent
– Use the international classification found on a this patent
– Using the Advanced Search, search by this classification
– Coverage in Espacenet will vary by country