The 9,000,000th U.S. Patent was issued on 7 April 2015!
The patent collection, located in the Ryan-Matura Library, includes nearly 10,000,000 United States patents and 27,000,000 foreign patents in the following formats:
In addition to the patents themselves, the library contains guides to the of the USPC and CPC Patent Classification systems, International Patent Classifications (IPC), PCT Guidelines, information on attorneys and agents registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, fee schedules, and similar material.
Finding Patents on the USPTO Public Web Site
U.S. patents (including full-text) can be searched from any internet-connected computer with limited Boolean operators on the USPTO web site:
The Index to the USPC allows searching a very large alphabetical list of terms to find related USPC classifications.
More advanced and complete research is available using a dedicated computer station at Sacred Heart University's library PTRC. Paper printing is not available; bring flash drive to save results.