The Smithtown Library is an officially-designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), part of a nationwide library network maintained by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). PTRCs disseminate patent and trademark information and support the public's diverse intellectual property needs. Smithtown Library staff are not able to conduct patent searches and cannot provide legal advice. The Library's staff can, however, assist patrons in performing their own patent searches and with finding and using other research materials.
• Access to the PubWest database for patent searching.
• Access to the PubEast database for patent searching.
• Access to Plant Patents in hardcopy format.
• Resources for historical patent research.
• Patent searching guides and other reference materials on intellectual property.
• USPTO-trained staff.
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.
Trademark Information Network the USPTO has created a series of newscast-style videos to help you understand trademarks. Check them out!
Overview of Trademark Law this overview from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University included links to United States Codes as well as case studies.
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.
Upcoming Events :
Inventing Secrets Revealed
Wednesday, November 8 • 7:00-8:00pm
Multi-time inventor, patent holder and author of "Inventing Secrets Revealed" discusses the challenges of moving forward with your invention.
Past Events :
Trademarks are the words, symbols, phrases or designs that identify and distinguish your business. Learn how to protect your business’ trademark when representatives from the US Patent and Trademark Office demonstrate their strategy for searching the USPTO’s trademark database. Businesses and individuals new to trademarks will also discover the benefits of registering a mark. The Smithtown Library is a designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center.
Representatives from the US Patent and Trademark Office will demonstrate the step-by-step process for conducting a preliminary patent search. A patent for an invention is a grant of a property right allowing patent holders to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing their invention. All inventors, tinkerers, entrepreneurs, business owners and students welcome. The Smithtown Library is a designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center.