PTRC | Spectrum of Product Development

Patenting an invention is only one small piece of the spectrum of tasks necessary to develop a product and take it to market. Here are a few of the other resources the Libraries offers to help with other steps in the process. The categories below may overlap.

Science & Technology Research & Development Business & Marketing Company Information
Information on the pure science and technologies that make new products possible Information on science and technology specific to an industry or broad academic discipline Business, marketing, and political news and events Financial and other data on individual companies
In many cases may cross over multiple disciplines Pertinent to the research and development of new products Used to analyze new products, find markets, and review trade policies Used to assess company health, industry position, and investment opportunities
PubMed Compendex Business Source Premier LexisNexis
(Company Dossier)
SciFinder Scholar Textile Technology Index LexisNexis
(News and statistics)
Web of Science BioEngineering Abstracts Global Insight Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage
INSPEC FSTA Frost & Sullivan Thomson One Banker
Agricola IHS Specs & Standards Euromonitor GMID Passport ThomasNet
GeoRef USPTO's databases EPO's databases Mintel IBISWorld
Derwent Innovations Index More information is also available in the
Business Research Guides

Note: many of these databases are applicable for more than one phase of product development. Please contact a librarian if you need help finding an appropriate database.