Frequently Asked Questions

Why was this database developed and by whom?

DOepatents was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) to demonstrate the Department's contribution to scientific progress in the physical sciences and other disciplines.

How is this collection different than the one at the United States Patent and Trademark Office?

What are the criteria for including patent records in this collection? How do you determine these patents were sponsored by DOE?

How many patents are in this collection? Does the collection include all of DOE's patents?

Does this collection include the full text for each patent?

What time frame is covered by DOepatents?

How often is this collection and Web site updated?

Does the U.S. Government have exclusive rights to these inventions?

What is OSTI?

Where can I find information about doing business with DOE?

How can I find additional information on the patenting process?

Where can I find patents that are not related to DOE?

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