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PLET 494A: Plastics Projects

This course guide is for the students in the PLET 494A course at Behrend.

How to Read a Patent

  1. Title - Deliberately vague to protect the invention 
  2. Inventor - The person that developed the invention
  3. Assignee - Usually the company the inventor works for
  4. Classification - Alphanumeric system used to group similar patents together
  5. Claims - What the invention is supposed to do. Uses legal language to protect the invention

Sample showing location of important parts of a patent

Searching for Patents

Patent Tutorials