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Engineering students and professors need to understand and search intellectual property. In the past, librarians have instructed them on using the United States Patent Classification (USPC). In 2015, after a period of transition, the United States Patent and Trademark Office phased out the USPC and began exclusively classifying in the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC). This adoption presented librarians a challenge of instructing students and professors in the easiest and most effective patent search. By tying patent searching to an example and presenting classification in an understandable fashion using CPC in conjunction with USPC, this writer presents a logical directed search module.

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Armour-Gemmen, M. G. (2017, June), From Creativity to Classification: A Logical Approach to Patent Searching Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio.



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