S&E Library Workshops

Patents and Patent Searching

Intended for:

UCSD faculty and staff who would like to learn about the patenting process and how to search for patents on the web.


Patents are critically important in protecting intellectual property and companies are investing fortunes in them to safeguard their inventions. It is estimated that between 2010 and 2012 in the smartphone industry alone, over $20 billion was spent on patent purchases and litigation. Without the protection afforded by patent coverage, technological innovation would dry up.

In this class, you will learn how patents protect your intellectual property and what rights they confer, what to expect in the patent application process, how to read and interpret patent documents, and why international patents matter. Learn how you can work with the UCSD Technology Transfer Office to manage and protect your inventions. Finally, learn about free web search engines you can use to discover if your invention has already been patented. Even if you don't have an invention on the drawing board, this class will give you valuable insight into how patents work.

Staff & faculty register through UC Learning Center. Search on "patents" in the search box. Students register by contacting Susan Shepherd

Date Time Location
Wednesday, Feb. 5 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Biomedical Library Building Computer Classroom

Thursday, May 8

10:00 am – noon

Geisel Library, Room 274

Wednesday, August 20 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Geisel Library, Room 274

Faculty CV Clinic

Learn ways to find out when and where your faculty is publishing, and who is citing their papers. By setting up author alerts in article databases available through the UCSD Libraries, you can be notified every time a new paper by your faculty is published. You can even find out how many times their papers have been cited by other authors.

Topics covered include:

  • The Web of Science Database - what is it?
  • Discover other article databases appropriate to your discipline
  • How to set up author alerts (be notified by email every time your faculty publishes a new paper)
  • How to do a cited reference search (find out what other scholars are citing your faculty's papers)
  • How to find out a journal's "Impact Factor", or the measure of its importance relative to other journals in the same field

Staff & faculty register through UC Learning Center.  Search on "faculty cv clinic" in the search box.

Workshop dates for 2014 pending


We're here to help you identify, locate and get the most out of information resources...anytime. Please contact one of the librarians in your subject areas to schedule an individual consultation, or to arrange a training session for your class or research group.

For all other questions and requests: contact Susan Shepherd, 534-2480.

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