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Micropatent Instructions

The Swain Library has an experimental program that lets current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford download the full-text of patent documents from MicroPatent’s “Standard” Patent Collection. To place a request you must enter a country code followed by the patent number. Most items are available in a few seconds. Do not use email as items are mailed to the Swain Library. If you need a patent that is in MicroPatent's “Specialized” Collection, please submit a document delivery request using the Article Request form.

While the MicroPatent web site offers access to patent databases, Swain’s account is restricted to ordering and retrieving patent orders. If you need to locate a patent number or to search the patent literature, Stanford has access to an excellent patent database that is called Derwent Innovations Index. It is international in scope and covers 1963–present.

To assist you, below is a sample session.

1. Choose “Patent Form” in “Patents: Self-Service Document Delivery” section of Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan page. This will take you to MicroPatent’s site. Click on “Order Patents and File Histories”.

2. This opens up a window to enter the country code followed by the patent number (click on “Help” for helpful order hints). Click on “Patent Copies” button to submit request.

2a. Help – Order Hints.

2b. Help – Content, Price, and Turnaround.

3. A web page opens that lists the patent requested along with the number of pages. Use the pull down window to choose a “Delivery Option.”

3a. Select Download PDF Format – Complete Documents: Total $4.95

4. Click on button to get current status of order.

5. Click on “Retrieve Order” link.

6. Save file to hard disk. Close “Download complete” window.

Last modified: May 7, 2009

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