This guide provides a starting point for resources on patents and trademarks. Use the tabs on the side for guidance on resources for patents and trademarks research, including
Need a clarification on patents, trademarks, and copyright? Watch this USPTO video: Basic Facts: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights
To learn more about intellectual property (IP) in general, read this open text book by IP experts: Introduction to Intellectual Property
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A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by a government agency, such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), for a limited period of time, usually 20 years. U.S. patent grants are effective only within the United States and U.S. territories.
There are three types of U.S. patents:
Read more about patent basics.
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The Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) is a national network of academic, public and special libraries that provide intellectual property services to the public. The PTRC's mission includes: Disseminating patent and trademark information, and supporting diverse intellectual property needs of the public. The Georgia Tech Library joined PTRC program in 1946 as one of the initial 22 libraries. We have all available patents issued in the U.S. since 1790 on file together with additional search tools. Currently, we provide the following resources and services:
The Librarian and library staff can provide education and training on IP topics, such as patents and trademarks, direct patrons to authoritative patent and trademark information and resources, or offered specialized instruction for patent and trademark searching processes. We cannot perform a patent or trademark search on behalf of a patron, or provide legal advice.