The Patent and Trademark Resource Center
The San Diego Public Library (SDPL) is an officially designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center that is part of a nationwide library network maintained by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Patent searching is an often time-consuming and complicated process that may require the assistance of a patent attorney or patent agent. As such, the SDPL staff members are not able to conduct patent searches for you and cannot provide legal advice. The library’s staff can, however, assist you in finding reference materials that allow you to conduct your own research.
The USPTO website is an excellent (and free) starting point for patent and trademark property research. Among other things, it has information on fees, filing, patent searching, and finding registered patent attorneys and agents. You do not need to come to the SDPL to access the USPTO website, but SDPL has additional resources (legal self-help books, brochures, and PubWEST and PubEAST) that you may find useful after your preliminary research on the Internet.
Click on the Patents tab to learn more about patent information resources on the Internet and at the San Diego Public Library.
Note on Patent Searching @ Central: A special access system for patent searching (PubWEST) is available for use at the Central Library Monday through Friday during regular operating hours. There are two (2) dedicated public computers on the 3rd Floor to use in searching PubWEST; note that all users must be trained in using PubWEST before they can use these computers for searching. Please call the PTRC Coordinator, Gary Klockenga, Central Library, at 619-236-5822, at least three days in advance to reserve your PubWEST session.
Click on the Trademarks tab for similar information about trademarks and service marks.
Click on the third tab to learn about another major form of intellectual property: Copyright.
Alternatively, click on a link below.