The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the single best online resource for patent information. This site covers everything you would ever need to know about the subject. Using this site, you can find out what a patent is, how to find a patent using the database, and how to obtain your own patent. Start your learning here!
Patents (via Cornell Law School)
Patent Search Tutorial (via The University of Texas)
This online tutorial takes the user on a step-by-step guide to the USPTO patent database, and not just the mechanics of the database. The tutorial discusses search strategy as well as utilizing the index and patent classification codes in order to conduct a more thorough search.
Patent Search Tutorial (via Penn State)
This online tutorial is similar to the tutorial above , but provides less hands-on guidance to the USPTO and more general information about patent searching using databases besides the USPTO.Use in tandem with the
Patent Full-Text and Full-Image Database (via USPTO)
The USPTO provides a free database to search for patent applications and patents granted in the
Launched in late-2006, Google provided us with another way to search for patents.While all patents featured through the Google Patents page are directly from the USPTO, Google’s database is much more aesthetically pleasing and easier to use. Unlike the USPTO, Google can do full-text searching for all patents, including those issued before 1976. The entire patent can be downloaded easily in .pdf form and in one click of a button.
Free Patents Online (FPO) is another choice in patent database searching. Unlike Google Patents and the USPTO, FPO allows you to search not only
Statutes and Regulations
The United States Government Printing Office (GPO) provides access to all United States Laws on this website. Title 35 of the U.S. Code is where all the legislation involving patents can be found. The link above provides access to a browsable form of the code. Unfortunately the GPO does not provide a user-friendly search engine.
U.S. Code Title 35 - Patents (via Cornell Law School)
Code of Federal Regulations
CFR Title 37 - Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights
The Manual of Patent Examination Procedure (MPEP) is published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a manual for patent agents, attorneys and examiners.It contains all of the laws and regulations that must be followed during the examination of a
The USPTO provides this glossary as a reference supplement to its main Patent and Trademark page. It is a fairly comprehensive collection of Patent and Trademark terms, but regrettably it is not searchable.
This site is maintained by Brown & Michaels, a