Patents are one of the intellectual property fields protecting inventions, original technical solutions, products or processes, therefore a source of important information for engineers.
National and international intellectual property offices and organizations produce and make accessible databases of patents and other documents that protect intellectual (industrial) property. Objects of protection are inventions (patents and utility models), designs and trademarks. Full texts are available in these databases free of charge.
Intellectual property protection at CTU
The Patent Centre is an integral part of the Department of Technology Transfer of the CTU Rector’s Office. It provides expert advice and consultations.
Czech Industrial Property Office
International intellectual property databases
European Patent Office (EPO)
European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
National patent offices
List of national and international patents and trademarks patent offices
USA - USPTO - United States Patent and Trademark Office
Japan - JPO - Japan Patent Office
Germany - DPMA - Deutsches Patent und Markenamt
International classifications facilitate searching of inventions, trademarks and industrial designs by structured system of technical fields, goods and services, industrial design and figurative elements.
- International Patent Classification (IPC) classifies patents and utility models
- Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) classifies patents, trademarks and utility models