As a PTRC, The Smithtown Library offers:
• Free access to patent and trademark documents in various formats.
• Access to the PubWest database for patent searching.
• Access to the PubEast database for patent searching.
• Acces to Plant Patents in hardcopy format.
• Resources for historical patent research.
• Patent searching guides and other reference materials on intellectual property.
• USPTO-trained staff.
PTRC event at the Nesconset Branch: Intellectual Property Basics for Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Startups. Thursday, April 30 beginning at 7:00 PM.
Join Mindy Bickel of the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a discussion about what all inventors, entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups should know about intellectual property. Topics include patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, why savvy startups care about intellectual property and USPTO resources available to inventors, entrepreneurs and startups. This program will take place at our Nesconset Branch located at 148 Smithtown Boulevard Nesconset, New York 11767. Click here to REGISTER.
General Information Concerning Patents. This guide from the USPTO explains what a patent is and how to get one.
Conducting a Patent Search. A 50-minute presentation from the USPTO, explaining how to conduct a patent search and why it is important to be thorough. [Flash is required.]
Here's a shortcut to the USPTO's search page, where you can search patents from 1790-present and published applications from 2001-present. Google Patents can be another place to start.
Click here for pat2pdf.org, a free site that will create a .pdf file for any patent number.
Here are some shortcut links to patent fees and patent forms.
Looking for an attorney? Click here to search for attorneys and patent agents who are registered to practice before the United States Patent Office.
Just getting started with trademarks?
Trademark Information Network. The USPTO has created a series of newscast-style videos to help you understand trademarks. Check them out!
These are shortcut links to trademark fees and trademark forms and filing.
International Patents and Trademarks
Espacenet. Search patent documents worldwide from over 72 countries and regions.
WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Intellectual Property Digital Library. Search international trademark registrations (Madrid system), international patent applications (PCT), and other databases; access guides, standards, laws, regulations, fees, statistics, FAQs, links, and more.