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Our Research Service

We offer a range of priced services through which the expertise and experience of our specialists can be used to:

  • Help inventors and designers to check on their ideas’ novelty when considering applying for a patent, Registered Design, or Registered Trademark
  • Help entrepreneurs to find the information they need to develop a business idea.
  • Support legal professionals in the patent litigation process
  • Help service providers to deliver more effective innovation support

Priced research

When undertaking a priced information search, we will use those sources we judge most likely to contain the information required. We have access to a range of online databases, in addition to all the sources held in the British Library’s collections.

Projects and Training 

We have a wealth of knowledge and experience in research skills, intellectual property and delivering enterprise and innovation support.  This can enable other service providers to develop their services as well as informing the formation of innovation policy.

Public Availability Date Service

A service chiefly for patent legal professionals. We will provide written confirmation of the date that an item was made available from the British Library. These are usually used as evidence in litigation.

Terms and Conditions 


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Contact us

Business & IP Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7901
Email: Reference Team

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