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Patent and Trademark Links

Patents

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Federal agency responsible for granting patents and registering federal trademarks; U.S. patent database searchable back to 1976, patent images available back to 1790
General Information Concerning Patents (USPTO)
Guide from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on what a patent is and how to apply for one
esp@cenet
European Patent Office's Worldwide database covers more than 50 countries including U.S. patents back to 1920

Inventors

Wyoming Inventors Database
Database of patents created by the Wyoming State Library
About.com: Inventors
Extensive annotated list of invention-related links, includes lists like Chinese Inventions, Famous Inventors, Black Inventors, and Women Inventors
From Air Brakes to Zinc Furnaces: Pittsburgh and Allegheny City Patentees 1790 - 1879
Database of patents created by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Alabama Inventors Database
Database of patents created by the Birmingham Public Library
Cincinnati Inventors Database
Database of patents issued to Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio Inventors from 1813 through 1873.
Confederate Patent Office
List of Patents issued by the Confederate Patent Office, 1861-1864
Directory of American Tool and Machinery Patents
Searchable database of 40,000 antique tool and woodworking machine patents
Historical Idaho Patents Database
Database of patents created by the University of Idaho Library
Index to Early Louisiana Patents, 1810-1890
Database of patents created by Miami University Libraries
Inventors Museum
Directory of inventors and inventions in categories like Colonial Inventors, Medical Inventions, and War Tech
Iowa Inventions Database
Database of patents created by the Iowa State Library, Coverage: 1843-2008
Miami Valley Inventors: A Historical Database, 1814-1875
Database created by Wright State University of Ohio inventors
Name Changes in Patents Database
United States patents in which a personal name change is specifically identified
Nevada Inventors Database
Database of patents created by the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries
Oklahoma Inventors Database, 1880 - 1907
Database of patents created by Oklahoma State University
South Carolina Inventors, 1796 - 1896
Database of patents created by Clemson University Libraries
U.S. Alien Property Custodian Documents Database
Database of bibliographic data for WWII patent applications that were seized by the Alien Property Custodian in 1942 and published by the Patent Office in the spring of 1943
Women Inventors Index, 1790 - 1895
Database created by the Miami University Libraries

Resources for Inventors

USPTO Independent Inventors Resources
Assistance for the solo or small business inventor
Attorneys and Agents Registered to Practice before the USPTO
Contact information for attorneys and agents with licenses to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Wyoming Research Products Center
Provides technology transfer services to University of Wyoming faculty and Wyoming businesses
Rocky Mountain Inventors' Congress
Colorado-based inventors group
Wyoming Small Business Development Center
Provides business consulting and educational programs; offices located throughout state
Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative
Assists Wyoming businesses and individuals seeking funding through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs
National Inventor Fraud Center
Registered patent attorney's advise on invention promotion companies and a list of "Good Guy" marketing resources, including their fees
InventorEd's Invention Promotion Caution List
Lists invention promotion companies that the FTC has brought action against, were identified in court documents, or match a "Red Flag" profile
Women Inventors Project
Canadian non-profit organization working to increase successful inventors, especially women and girls, in Canada, the U.S., and internationally

Technology Transfer

Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative
Assists Wyoming businesses and individuals seeking funding through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs
Wyoming Research Products Center
Provides technology transfer services to University of Wyoming faculty and Wyoming businesses

The following are websites for the technology transfer activities of various Federal agencies:
NASA Commercial Technology Network
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture - Technology Transfer Information Center
U.S. Dept. of Defense - Technology Transfer Database
U.S. Dept. of Justice - Law Enforcement Technology Commercialization
U.S. Geological Survey - Technology Transfer Information

Trademarks

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Federal agency responsible for granting U.S. patents and registering federal trademarks; U.S. trademark database includes 3 million pending, registered, and dead federal trademarks; not as comprehensive as the CASSIS2 database
Basic Facts about Trademarks (USPTO)
Guide from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on what a trademark is and how to register one
Guide to the Implementation of the Madrid Protocol in the United States (USPTO)
USPTO guide gives an overview of the Madrid System and explains the procedures for implementation of the Madrid Protocol Implementation Act of 2002.
Wyoming Secretary of State - State Trademark Forms and Information
Forms and information on registering a state trademark
Wyoming's Bucking Horse & Rider Trademark
History and licensing information on Wyoming's famous trademark
U.S. State Trademark Resources
Links for each state's trademark authority
All About Trademarks
Basic information and related links from a trademark attorney

Copyright

U.S. Copyright Office
Federal agency responsible for registering U.S. copyrights and administering copyright law
Copyright Basics (U.S. Copyright Office)
Circular from the U.S. Copyright Office that discusses the basics of registration and fees
Copyright Term and the Public Domain
Chart that explains copyright terms
When Works Pass Into The Public Domain
Chart to determine when copyright ends from law professor and librarian Laura Gasaway
American Library Association Copyright Education Program
Initiative to educate the library community about copyright
Stanford University Libraries: Copyright & Fair Use
Resources on fair use and copyright including statutes, case law, and international treaties
A Guide to Copyright for Music Librarians
News and guidelines useful for anyone dealing with audiovisual materials

Students/Teachers

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Kids' Pages
USPTO's web pages for kids to learn more about inventors and inventions
Invent Now
Informational and educational site just for kids.
Girl Tech
Girl-friendly site looking at female inventors and invention activities.
INVENT AMERICA!
Nonprofit teacher-created program to help kids learn by inventing

Guides/Resources

Patent Searching - the 7 Step Strategy
Guide created by the Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program
Conducting a Trademark Search at a PTDL
Guide created by the Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program
McKinney Library Patent Searching Tutorial
Interactive patent searching tutorial from the University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas Crash Course in Copyright
Tutorial created by the University of Texas to assist faculty with copyright questions
Patents and Trademarks
Guide created by the Wyoming State Library
Resources for Researching Historical U.S. Patents
Guide created by the Wyoming State Library
Patents of Invention as Genealogical Resources (PDF)
HeritageQuest Magazine article authored by Dawn Rohan at the Wyoming State Library
Resources on Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property
Guide created by the Wyoming State Library
Resources on Women Inventors
Guide created by the Wyoming State Library
Copyright
Guide created by the Wyoming State Library
Trademark Basics
Guide created by the Wyoming State Library
Trademark Searching
Guide created by the Wyoming State Library
Intellectual Property Chart
Guide created by the Wyoming State Library

Created by Statewide Information Services, Wyoming State Library
Last updated September 2010.

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