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ME 215 - Engineering Materials & Processes: Patents


What can be patented? “Anything under the sun that is made by man.”

P. J. Federico 1952, a principal draftsman of the U.S. patent law, in his testimony regarding that legislation. Famously quoted by Chief Justice Warren Burger, U.S. Supreme Court in Diamond vs. Chakrabarty 1980.


Whether you're developing a new invention or would like to learn more about a currently existing one, patents serve as a useful source of information regarding existing intellectual properties, their inventors, blueprints/schematics, when they were filed, etc.

Workshop Exercise

Look up the following patent number using one of the two resources to the right of this box. 

Patent Number: 174,465 (U.S)

Who is the inventor? When was the patent issued? what is the name of the patent office?

Find patents & designs

If you're looking for: Designs, schematics, models

Use: Patents

Example of question:

Q: How are heat sinks designed for gun barrels?

A: Click here for patent example

Patent Resources:

Coverage: 1790 - Present
Funded by: Externally Funded
United States Patents. The full-text of patents are available free of charge. A TIFF viewer will be necessary to print graphics.

Coverage: 1790s - Present
Funded by: Externally Funded
Google Patents provides access to United States Patents from the 1790s to the present. It includes 8 million patents and 3 million patent applications. Searchers can easily download the pdf of a patent found in the database.

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