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The University of Macau Library provides Patent Information Service to support UM’s research and collaborative innovation.

Patents@UM

UM's Published Patent Applications per Year  (2000 - 2019) 

Source: incoPat (Last Updated on 03/12/2019)


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Patent Information Service@UM Library

UM Library provides the following patent information services to current UM academic and research staff.

  1. Patent Retrieval Service  Apply Now APPLY

This service is mainly to assist researchers to identify the novelty of a specific technology before patent application. Through this service, researchers can fully grasp the situation of relevant technologies, avoid patent infringement, and improve the success rate of patent applications. Based on the information and requirements provided by the requester, a search of relevant patents and patent applications will be performed by the Library’s PIS Team, and search results will be analyzed and summarized in a statistical report.

  1. Patent Alert Service Apply Now APPLY

This service is mainly to assist researchers to achieve the latest information for the development of a specific technology or patent. Through this service, researchers can trace the latest technology development and timely adjust their research planning. Based on the information and requirements provided by the requester, a regular search of relevant patents and patent applications will be performed by the Library’s PIS Team, and notification will be sent to the requester for any new patent applications and the updates of legal status of existing patents.

  1. Patent Analysis Service Apply Now APPLY

This service is mainly to assist researchers to grasp the development trends of a specific technology and relevant industry in an all-round way, and to explore relevant core technologies, hotspot technologies, technology gaps, and identify key inventors, organizations and stakeholders. Based on the information and requirements provided by the requester, a search of relevant patents and patent applications will be performed by the Library’s PIS Team, then an analysis of patent contents will be conducted in conjunction with relevant technical and industrial information. All analyzed results will be concluded in a report. 

  1. Patent Literacy Education

The Library regularly organizes patent literacy workshops in order to enhance UM members’ patent retrieval and analysis skills. The Library has also created guides introducing the use of patent databases and the patent application processes, as well as the instructions for reading patent documents.   

About Patents

What is a Patent?

  • WIPO - A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. To get a patent, technical information about the invention must be disclosed to the public in a patent application.
  • USPTO - A patent is a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor "to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States" for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.
  • European Patent Academy - A patent is a legal title granting its proprietor the right to prevent third parties from commercially using an invention without authorisation. An invention is usually a product or a process.
  • 中国知识产权培训中心 - 专利权(Patent Right),简称“专利”,是发明创造人或其权利受让人对特定的发明创造在一定期限内依法享有的独占实施权,是知识产权的一种。

Why researchers should care about patents?

  • Patents contain a wealth of legal, technical and industrial information. Through the analysis of patents, researchers can grasp the latest information of related technologies and industries, explore innovative research topics,  and effectively carry out knowledge transfer planning.