Guide: How to cite a Patent in APA style

Guide: How to cite a Patent in APA style

Cite A Patent in APA style

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Use the following template to cite a patent using the APA citation style. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.


Pink text = information that you will need to find from the source.
Black text = text required by the APA style.

Reference list

Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.


Author Surname, Author Initial. (Year Published). Title. Location.


Jacobson, C. (1969). Power-driven aquatic vehicle. United States.

In-text citation

Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.


(Author Surname, Year Published)


A low draft aquatic vehicle that is power-driven by a jet of water, the direction of which may be varied at will by the operator when seated at the controls of the vehicle to regulate the direction of travel thereof.

A major object of the invention is to provide an aquatic vehicle that is of simple structure and relatively inexpensive to manufacture, can be fabricated from standard, commercially available materials, is safe to use in waters frequented by swimmers, and is driven by a rearwardly directed jet of water, the direction of which may be varied at the will of the operator to not only guide the craft, but to control the manner in which it planes in the water. (Jacobson, 1969)

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