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Patent Searching: Getting Started

Quick Facts

Most countries use the International Patent Classification System (IPC). The US uses its own classification system.

The quickest way to a full-text patent is to use Google Patents. The only way to do a thorough search is to use a classification system in a database such as Espacenet.

The first Canadian patent (for potash) was granted in 1791.

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You can access e-books, e-journals and databases from home.

If you are a current student, faculty or staff member you can login using your MyBCIT or network login. Check our help sheet for tips.

If you are an alumni, community borrower or retiree with a current library account you will need to create a PIN

You can also contact the Service Desk at 604-432-8370 or by email.

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ARLO can help to:

  • Liaise with external agencies and partners
  • Identify research funding sources and develop research proposals
  • Track and report on Institute research-related data and information
  • Provide an interface for researchers to the Institute’s Marketing and Communications Department
  • Assess technologies and markets
  • Develop and protect intellectual property
  • Develop commercialization strategies within BCIT and industry
  • Support industry led innovation