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Computer Science: Patents

Patent Library Guide

For more information about searching for patents, please see the following guide:

Need Advice?

The University of Oxford has a spin-out company called Isis Innovation Limited that can provide advice and further information to researchers thinking about patenting their research.

Training Sessions

Research Skills sessions on patent searching are run during term time in the RSL Training Room. Find your session on the training section of our website -

What is a Patent?

"A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem.  In order to be patentable, the invention must fulfill certain conditions." (WIPO, 2013) To learn more about patents, see the following links:

Key resources

Try searching the following resources to find patents (hover over each link for more information):