Patent Search Workshop

Are you curious about patents? As an inventor, what do you need to know before filing a patent application for protection? A good patent search will help you identify prior art references that are critical to the patentability of your invention. In this workshop, you will learn, through hands-on exercises, how to navigate through multiple free patent databases, and how to conduct your own preliminary patent search effectively. Handouts are included. The workshop covers two parts:

  • Part One: Introduction (including patentability requirements, identification of patent documents, patent classifications and patent search strategies)
  • Part Two: Hands-on practice (including classification search using USPTO's PatFT/AppFT, and EPO's Espacenet; Hybrid search using classification and keywords)

Classes are offered on multiple dates. Choose the date that fits your schedule and register online:

  • Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 12-2 p.m.
  • Thur., Sept. 28, 2017, 12-2 p.m.
  • Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 12-2 p.m.
  • Thur., Oct. 26, 2017, 12-2 p.m.

Prerequisites: Preview the 7-Step patent search strategy video by the USPTO before coming to class

Directions & Parking Information

These classes are open to everyone on the Georgia Tech campus as well as to the public. For more information, please email:

Event Details


  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Georgia Tech Library Homer Rice Center

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