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Websites on invention and innovation

A host of websites across the Internet complement the work of the Lemelson Center. Here are a few that will help you investigate the topic on your own.
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Lemelson-MIT Program's invention and patents resources
Resources to help inventors protect and market their ideas.

Canadian Innovation Centre
Invention evaluation, technology due diligence, market research, and education programs for inventors and innovative companies.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Encourages invention, innovation, and creativity in Canada, administers the intellectual property systems in Canada, and disseminates IP information.

Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition, U.K.
Studies the complex issues that link innovation and competitiveness. A joint initiative between the University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

Information for independent inventors with that helps them develop and market their inventions.

Inventor Resource
Guidance to help inventors in the UK come up with ideas, obtain patents, and manufacture and sell their designs and products.

Inventors' Digest
America's only inventors' magazine.

Google Patents
Search and download PDFs of patents.

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Develops and promotes measurement, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life.

National Inventors' Hall of Fame
Honors the women and men responsible for the technological advances that contribute to human, social, and economic progress.

National Science Foundation
Promotes the progress of science through grants and contracts, scientific and engineering research, and education programs at all levels.

National Technology Transfer Center
Access to federal technology information, knowledge management and digital learning services, technology assessment, technology marketing, assistance in finding strategic partners, and electronic-business development services.

Patent Classification Index
Determine the U.S. patent system class and subclass of your invention idea.

Patent and Trademark Resource Centers
Listing of the nationwide network of public, state and academic libraries that are designated to disseminate patent and trademark information and to support the diverse intellectual property needs of the public.

Online source for worldwide patent data in 15 languages and a hosted community platform.

United Inventors Association of the USA
A nonprofit organization dedicated to inventor education and support.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Administers the laws relating to patents and trademarks and offers resources for inventors.

Provides free advanced patent searching and patent analytics for over 15 million patents hosted on its website.


Last Update: 12 Jan 2012

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