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JHU Research Administration

  • Includes the university offices which oversee sponsored projects including contracts, grants, and funding opportunities
  • Provides administrative support and resources for JHU researchers, on issuse such as compliance, policies and regulations, funding, forms, training, and technology transfer

JHU Technology Transfer

  • Helps Hopkins inventors and researchers with licensing, patenting, and technology commercialization

Getting Started

Patent Protects an invention
Copyright Protects an original artistic or literary work
Trademark       A "word, phrase, symbol or design...that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others"


Patent searching requires patience -- give yourself time.


Patent Databases

Use patent data to protect your ongoing work, discover the latest technological advances, monitor competitors’ progress, and formulate fresh ideas for research.

Patents on the Web


  • Google Patents  -- After you do a search, use the fields in the left column to narrow your search
  • PAT2PDF -- Enter a patent number to find and dowlnoad patents from the USPTO


Patent Applications

  • FreshPatents -- Find the latest U.S. PTO published applications before they are granted or denied