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) 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.
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.