From here, you can access an individual patent file by following steps 5 & 6 above.Unfortunately for those interested in historical research, pre-1976 patents are only searchable by patent number or classification.From October 1852 onwards British patents covered the whole of the United Kingdom and were printed and published regularly each week in pamphlet form.The text of the patent document identifies the patentee and provides a technical description of the invention. The patents were numbered in annual sequences, so it is very important when referencing patents from this period to cite both the patent number and the year to avoid confusion.
patent and would like to see the patent drawings or read the patent text, you can do it online. The address is: are now at page one of your patent, and you can navigate through the pages of the patent using the tools on the left side of the page. This information is useful if you want to search for items in the same classification, i.e.
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has a website where this information is available, and you can examine copies of documents that used to be available only in Washington or at a few large regional libraries.
Since some patents will have multiple classification numbers, you can widen your net by searching with these numbers.
So, if you know the year and number of any English or British patent from the period 1617 to 1899 you can view the document and print a copy of it in any of our reading rooms.
Most British patents from 1890 onwards are available on the European Patent Office's Espacenet database which you can access free of charge on the internet.