Selected Patent and Trademark Web Sites

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Government Intellectual Property Offices | Patents | Trademarks

Last reviewed: July 5, 2012

Government Intellectual Property Offices

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Governmental unit responsible for patents, trademarks and copyright in Canada. Searchable patent and trademark databases.
http://cipo.gc.ca

European Patent Office
The search page allows free searching of EP (European), WIPO (World Intellectual Property Association), Japanese (PAJ) and "worldwide" patent documents. Provides full text images of the documents as PDF files.
http://www.epo.org/

Japan Patent Office
The official web site for the Japan Patent Office. It offers search tools for patents, designs, and trademarks.
http://www.jpo.go.jp

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Good starting place for basic information about trademarks. Information on how to apply for a trademark and downloadable trademark forms. Free searchable trademark database with images. Online design search code manual and "Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual." Contact numbers to receive free trademark information packet.
http://www.uspto.gov

Patents

Inventors Assistance League
Nonprofit organization that has developed a self-help program for amateur and professioanl inventors. Includes a multicultural resource center.
http://wwww.inventions.org

Inventors Digest
Online version of magazine with articles written by successful inventors on such topics as marketing and business planning, avoiding scams, and trade shows. Links to inventor associations.
http://www.inventorsdigest.com

Lemelson-MIT Awards Program
Nation's most prolific inventor Jerome Lemelson established this program at MIT. The Inventors Handbook addresses independent inventors' and entrepreneurs' most frequently asked questions. Invention related links and resources.
http://web.mit.edu/invent/index.html

National Technology Transfer Center
Maintains an online database of federal research and development activity at U.S. universities accessible to entrepreneurs, companies, and others looking to access federally funded research. Includes information on technology licensing, valuation of intellectual property and "solicitations" from Federal agencies for commercialization of technology.
http://www.nttc.edu

Nolo Legal Encyclopedia-Patents
Recognized as a leader in self-help legal information, this site has detailed sections on steps to processing your own patent application.
http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/patent-law

Oppedahl and Larson Intellectual Property Law Web Server
A law firm offering patent, copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property services. How to select intellectual property counsel; what things cost; intellectual property resources on the Internet; FAQ.
http://www.patents.com/

PIUG-Patent Information Users Group
An "organization for patent search professionals." Promotes improvement, retrieval, and dissemination of patent information. Education opportunities, discussion list, employment.
http://www.piug.org

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Good starting place for basic information about patents. Information on how to apply for a patent and downloadable patent forms. Free searchable patent full-text database with full-page images. Independent inventors' resources, patent assistance center, links to patent depository libraries, and kids' pages. Related Web sites and links to other countries' intellectual property offices.
http://www.uspto.gov

U.S. Small Business Administration
Online information on steps to starting, financing and expanding your own business. Description of SBA programs reaching out to small, low income, and minority owned businesses, as well as local SBA offices. Links to their technology transfer program and procurement opportunities. "Great Business Hotlinks" to patent, trademark and copyright information.
http://www.sba.gov

Trademarks

Findlaw's State Trademark Information
Links to state trademark agencies throughout the country.
http://smallbusiness.findlaw.com/trademark/trademark-registration/state-trademark-info-links.html

New York State Trademarks - Form and Instructions
Registration form and instructions can be found at the NYS Department. of State, Division of Corporations.
http://www.dos.state.ny.us/forms/corporations/0241-a.pdf

Nolo Legal Encyclopedia-Trademarks
Recognized as a leader in self-help legal information resources, has extensive information on trademark registration and conducting a trademark search.
http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/trademark-law

Thomson CompuMark
A leader in fee based trademark and copyright services. Several free educational booklets on trademarks available. Online version of "Trademark Smarts."
http://compumark.thomson.com/jsp/index.jsp

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Good starting place for basic information about trademarks. Information on how to apply for a trademark and downloadable trademark forms. Free searchable trademark database with images. Online design search code manual and "Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual." Contact numbers to receive free trademark information packet.
http://www.uspto.gov

Last Updated: February 26, 2014