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This guide directs you to materials that will help search free patent sources
Last Updated: Oct 17, 2014 URL: http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/patents Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Engineering Library

Links to Intellectual Property Glossary (USPTO)

  • Copyright
    Administered by Library of Congress
  • Patents
    Is a property right for a limited period of time, usually 20 years
  • Trade Secrets
    Contain information that companies keep secret from competitors
  • Trademarks
    Distinguish goods and services
 

Patent Librarian

Charlotte Erdmann has served as a patent librarian fellow with the US Patent and Trademark Resource Center (formerly Depository Library Program) and has served as president of the related national association. Contact her here.

 

U.S. Patent Office Search Databases

  • 7 Step Search Strategy - (USPTO - PTRC)
    Provides a brief one page guide to searching and reviewing patents. It is focused on USPTO databases
  • U.S. Issued Patents and Published Applications
    Are two separate databases and are searched separately. Issued patents are available from 1789-present and published applications are available since March 2001. You may now easily download PDF versions of both documents
  • PubWest and PubEast  
      
    Searches databases that U.S. patent examiners use at the Patent Office. The system is very flexible and is available at the Engineering Library only. Contact Charlotte Erdmann for an appointment.

Tutorials for Searching (USPTO)

A Seven Step Search Strategy with Detailed Examples (2014) / Prepared by the USPTO

How to Conduct a Preliminary US Patent Search: A Step by Step Process / Prepared by the USPTO

Patent Protection in the United States   (Required Listening)  -  30 minutes (Prior to changes in law for US First to File)

Specialized Patent Office Databases

Major Patent Databases

Subject Guide

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Charlotte A. Erdmann
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