- the name of your technology
- the company that owns your technology
Expect to find multiple patents for one technology. For example, the patents for the iPhone are numerous, as they use some of the technologies in multiple items (e.g. touch screen).
U Texas has a great overview of patents that includes definitions of the different kind of patents and patent myths, along with links to tutorials on searching for patents on the US Patent Office Website.
Guide to Patent Searching, McKinnney Engineering Library, Univ of Texas
How the Technology Works
HowStuffWorks.com - "leading source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works."
Wired.com - companion site to the popular tech magazine
Gizmodo - blog about gadgets and technology
CNet.com - product review and prices, software downloads and tech news
TechExpo - directory of engineering and scientific trade technical magazines