February 11th was chosen as National Inventor's Day because it is the birthday of Thomas Alva Edison, one of our most prolific inventors, credited with well over 1,000 patents in his lifetime. He is often referred to as "The Wizard of Menlo Park", a reference to his laboratory in New Jersey. An early motion picture (one of his inventions) shows him at work . ("Thomas Edison at Work." Thought Equity Motion Collections 1920. Biography in Context. Web. 12 Feb. 2016.).
Below is a page from one of his inventions, still influencing communications today, the telephone:
The Wizard of Weston - suggestions for successful inventing from Stanley I. Mason, of Weston, CT, who held more than 60 patents; originally published in U.S. Airways Attache (Nov. 1997).
Searcey, D. (2011, Jul 07). Frisbee maker snared in patent fight. Wall Street Journal Retrieved from http://0-search.proquest.com.enterprise.sacredheart.edu/docview/875008960?accountid=28645; products imprinted with expired patent numbers may be anti-competitive.
"Time to Fix Patents; Innovation." The Economist 416, no. 8950 (Aug 08, 2015): 11. http://0-search.proquest.com.enterprise.sacredheart.edu/docview/1702693674?accountid=28645.
"A Question of Utility; Intellectual Property." The Economist 416, no. 8950 (Aug 08, 2015): 50-52. http://0-search.proquest.com.enterprise.sacredheart.edu/docview/1702694411?accountid=28645.
Center for Technology Innovation (Brookings Institute)
Intellogist (Landon IP)
IPWatchdog (Practicing Law Institute)
IP / Patents News (National Academies)
The Patent Search Blog (Stephen van Dulken)
Tactical IP (Widerman Malek)
Trademark Blog (Schwimmer Legal)
The Root (Trust Tree Trademarks)
Likelihood of Confusion (Ron Coleman)
Trademark and Copyright Law (Foley and Hoag)
The TTABlog (John L. Welch)
Trademark and Copyright Thoughts Blog (Fish & Richardson)
Your Trademark (Brown & Michaels)
How to Select a Good Trademark (Small Business Info Canada)
Trademarks vs. Generic Names (International Trademark Association)
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 additional online patent resources beyond the official USPTO site that you may find useful in your research:
Patent Reference Information from Other Government Agencies and Non-Profits
These data are described in detail in
Journal of the Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania (formerly known as The Franklin Journal and American Mechanics' Magazine). Vols. 1-6 include more or less complete patent reports of the U.S. Patent Office for the years 1825-<1828>; searchable archive digitized by Hathi Trust.