Resources on Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks

The following tables are adapted & updated from Joy L. Bryant's Protecting Your Ideas: The Inventor's Guide to Patents (1999). Click the title to read book reviews of this book and others on patents, copyrights, and trademarks.

Internet Search Sites for Patents
Site NameWeb Site AddressFeatures
United States
Patent & Trademark Office Simple & advanced U.S. patent searching
based on front page information
from 1976 to present.
Chemical Patents Plus:
from Chemical Abstract Service Full text search for all U.S. patents
issued from 1975 to present.
Patent images for patents since 1994.
IBM Search Site Patent search from 1971 to present
with images from 1975 to present
MicroPatent U.S. patent search from 1964 to present;
European patent search (1978 to present);
PCT applications from 1978 to present
STO's Internet Patent
Search System Perform patent searches using the U.S.P.T.O. classification system.

Copyright, Patent and Trademark Offices & Organizations
OrganizationAddressPhone Number Web Site AddressDescription
U.S. Copyright Office Copyright Office
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., S.E.,
Washington D.C. 20559
(202) 707-3000
(Information Line)
(202) 707-9100 (Forms) Provide information
and forms
for obtaining
U.S. copyrights.
U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office
Assistant Commissioner
for Trademarks
2900 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 308-4357
(Trademark Line) Provide information
relating to trademarks.
U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office
Assistant Commissioner
for Patents
Washington D.C. 20231
(800) 786-9199
(Patent Line) Provide information
relating to patents.
U.S.P.T.O. Office
of Enrollment
and Discipline
Assistant Commissioner
for Patents
Washington D.C. 20231
(703) 308-5278 Provide information
relating patent
practitioner standing
in the U.S.P.T.O
National Association
of Patent
4680-18i Monticello Ave.
Suite 101
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(800) 216-9588 Provide membership
roster listing patent
practitioners by area
of expertise
Public Search
Crystal Plaza 3, 1A01
2021 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
(800) 786-9199 U.S.P.T.O.
public search room.
Open 8 am-8 pm,
except holidays.
Principals, Inc.
4440 Warrensville
Center Road
Suite 1000
Cleveland, OH 44128
(216) 586-2090 Technology transfer
& commercialization.
Scientific Notebook
P.O. Box 238
Stevensville, MI 49127
(616) 429-8285
(800) 537-3028 Source for bound
laboratory notebooks
(legally documenting
your patent work). 950 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(800) 728-3555
Self-help information
on patents, copyright
& trademarks
American Patent &
Trademark Law Center
4565 Ruffner Street
Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 292-5400 Information about
patents & trademarks
from registered
patent attorneys.

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