The inventor is the person named in the patent application as the inventor. There may be more than one inventor. The inventor can also be the applicant.

The inventor format consists of the surname followed by the first name and should be entered within quotation marks (e.g. "Smith John").

If you do not know whether the person is the applicant or the inventor, use the Smart search function.

You cannot use apostrophes ('), hyphens (-) or slashes (/). Use blank spaces instead. Diacritical characters (umlauts and accents) are not allowed, so please enter your keywords without them.

For example, we recommend that you search for Juelich or Julich in order to retrieve all spellings (Jülich/Juelich/Julich).

In the case of documents published in other alphabets (Cyrillic, Greek, Japanese, etc.), the name of the inventor is not searchable.

When "1 / see applicant" is displayed in the inventor area, it means that the applicant and inventor are one and the same person.