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Patents and Trademarks: Additional Patent Resources

The Ryan-Matura Library is a United States Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

U.S. Patent Databases, Laws, and Treaties

Patent research is a time consuming process. Not only do you have to research both domestic and foreign patents and applications, you must also search "non-patent literature (NPL)." NPL encompasses magazine and journal articles, newspapers, trade journals, product catalogs, the internet, tradeshows, etc. any medium or outlet that would divulge prior-art. Do not limit yourself to researching only the patent databases. The University Library subscribes to other databases that you may find useful in your non-patent literature searches.

The following is a list of online patent resources you may find useful in your research:

U.S.P.T.O. Patent Databases

USPTO Patent Issued Database  - Two-field boolean search
http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html
 
USPTO Patent Applicatons Database - Two-field boolean search, applications 2001 to present.
http://appft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html
 
Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) - Image File Wrappers; access patent prosecution documents
http://portal.uspto.gov/external/portal/%21ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_CH
 
Assignments-on-the Web (Patents) -  Patent Assignment information back to August 1980.
http://assignment.uspto.gov/
 
USPTO Official Gazette for Patents - reported decisions of the USPTO; last 52 weeks
http://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/official-gazette/official-gazette-patents
 
USPTO Official Gazette Notices 1964 to present - Patents and Trademarks
http://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/official-gazette
 

USPTO Official Gazette - searchable archive digitized by Hathi Trust 1872 - 1975. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/mb?a=listis;c=1475048347

Patent Indexes - searchable archive digitzed by Hathi Trust of patent indexes from Annual Report of the Commissioner of Patents from 1842-1921 and Index of patents issued from the United States Patent Office from 1920-1974. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/mb?a=listis;c=503653486

Index of patents issued from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. [print] 1973-2002. [First Floor, Reference Only, PATENT T223 .D3]

USPTO PTAB Statistics - Periodic summaries of data concerning proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including dispositions, pendency, inventory, and other tracking measures.

http://www.uspto.gov/patents-application-process/patent-trial-and-appeal-board/statistics
 
Fastener Quality Act (FQA) Register of Active Fastener Insignia
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http://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/trademarks/law/fastener/FQA_Registry.pdf
 

Other Databases for Patent Searching

Directory of Tool and Machinery Patents - http://www.datamp.org/ 

Historic Intellectual Property - http://historicip.com/

National Archives, Records of the Patent & Trademark Office

        http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/241.html

USPTO Patent Search Guides and Classification Guides 

USPTO General Information Concerning Patents
http://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/general-information-concerning-patents
 
USPTO 7-Step U.S. Patent Search Strategy Guide
http://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/7_Step_US_Patent_Search_Strategy_Guide_2015_rev.pdf
 
USPTO Full-Text Database Search Help
http://www.uspto.gov/patft/help/help.htm
 
USPTO Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) 
         http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/index.html
 
USPTO Understanding Patent Classification Help Files
http://www.uspto.gov/patents-application-process/patent-search/understanding-patent-classifications/help
 
Examiner Handbook to the U.S. Patent Classification System
http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/dapp/sir/co/examhbk/index.htm
 
Index to the United States Patent Classification (USPC) System
http://www.uspto.gov/patents/resources/classification/handbook/index.jsp

Keyword & symbol CPC classification search on Espacenet (European Patent Officehttp://worldwide.espacenet.com/classification?locale=en_EP

International Patent Classifications - 2010.1
http://www.wipo.int/classifications/ipc/ipc8/?lang=en
 
USPTO Outline of CPC (Cooperative Patent Classification
         http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/classification/cpc.html
 
US-to-IPC8 Concordance
http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/classification/
 
ECLA - European Patent Office Classification System
http://v3.espacenet.com/eclasrch?CY=ep&LG=en
 
USPC Manual of Classification - Class Numbers and Titles
http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/classification/selectnumwithtitle.htm
 
USPTO Classification Orders
http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/opc/class_orders.htm
 
USPC Cross-Reference Digest for Nanotechnology - Class 977
http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/classification/uspc977/sched977.htm
 
​USPTO Guide to Kind Codes
http://www.uspto.gov/web/forms/kindcodesum.html

U.S. Patent Laws & Regulations

United States Code Title 35 - Patents
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http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/consolidated_laws.pdf
 
United State Title 37 - Code of Federal Regulations Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights
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http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/consolidated_rules.pdf
 
American Inventors Protection Act
http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/dcom/olia/aipa/index.htm
 

Patent Journals

Note: Some of these journals are open-access, available to all online without charge; others are subscriptions of the Ryan Matura Library at Sacred Heart University, requiring user authentication. WestLaw Next journals must be accessed after authenticating with that database.

AIPLA Quarterly Journal [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

Berkeley technology law journal / [electronic resource; EBSCO ASP, BSP; WestLaw Next]. 

Boston College Intellectual Property & Technology Forum [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

DePaul Journal of Art, Technology & Intellectual Property Law [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

Edison Law + Technology  [electronic resource; OA]. 

Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

Harvard Journal of Law & Technology [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

Indian patents news  [electronic resource; ABI-INFORM]. 

Intellectual property brief  [electronic resource; OA Digial Commons]. 

Inventor's Eye [electronic resource].

John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

Journal of intellectual property rights  [electronic resource; OA-DOAJ; WestLaw Next]. 

Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society [index]

Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

Nanotechnology Law & Business [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property  [electronic resource; selected open access; WestLaw Next]

The patent journal [electronic resource; EBSCO BSP]. 

Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

Stanford Technology Law Review [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

UCLA Entertainment Law Review [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

University of Baltimore Intellectual Property Law Journal [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law [electronic resource; WestLaw Next]

WIPO magazine / World Intellectual Property Organization. 

Patent Searching & Legal Guides

Other Strategies for IP Protection

International Patent Databases, Laws, & Treaties

International Patent Searching Online
 
esp@cenet® - European Patent Office
The worldwide database enables you to search for information about published patent applications from over 72 different countries and regions.
http://ep.espacenet.com/
 
Japan Patent Office Industrial Property Digital Library
http://www.ipdl.inpit.go.jp/homepg_e.ipdl
 
SIPO : State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China Patent and Application Database
http://www.sipo.gov.cn/sipo_English/
 
WIPO Intellectual Property Digital Library
http://www.wipo.int/ipdl/en/index.jsp
 
PatentScope
http://www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/search-adv.jsp
 
 
Handbook on Industrial Property Information and Documentation: ST.9 - WIPO Standard 9 - INID Codes
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http://www.wipo.int/scit/en/standards/pdf/03-09-01.pdf
 
 

National and International Intellectual Property Offices

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
http://www.uspto.gov/
 
European Patent Office (EPO)
http://www.epo.org/
 
Japan Patent Office (JPO)
http://www.jpo.go.jp/
 
SIPO : State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China
http://www.sipo.gov.cn/sipo_English/
 
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
http://www.wipo.int/portal/index.html.en
 
African Regional Industrial Property Organization (ARIPO) - English speaking Africa
http://www.aripo.org
 
Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI) - French speaking Africa
http://www.oapi.wipo.net/en/OAPI/index.htm
 

International Patent Laws & Treaties 

WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty
http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/texts/articles/atoc.htm
 
World Trade Organization (WTO) TRIPS - Trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights
http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/trips_e/trips_e.htm
 
WIPO Administered Treaties
http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/