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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.
Europe's network of patent databases. Search for patent applications in their original language from the European Patent Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Ways to search include title, abstract, application number, and more.
United States Patents. The full-text of patents are available free of charge. The database can be searched using any number of fields, including keyword, title, patent number, applicant name, and assignee name.
Google Patents provides access to United States patents from the 1790s to the present. It also includes patents from around the world that have been translated. Searchers can easily download the pdf of a patent found in the database.
Edward Weston was a rival of Thomas Edison in the early development of electricity. He was also an early contributor to the founding of the Newark Technical School--which eventually became New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Weston Hall at NJIT is named for him and for his son--Edward Faraday Weston.
The NJIT library has a number of instruments and devices from Edward Weston's Newark laboratory. You can find also find his items displayed across campus. Stop by the Van Houten Library or click this link to find out more about his contributions to engineering, the city of Newark, NJIT and to society.