Patent searching can be tough. The guide provides tips, tricks, and resources to be successful.
U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8: "The Congress shall have the power to promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries."
Lastname, Initial. Initial. (year). U. S. Patent No. 123,456. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
In text citation:
U. S. Patent No. 123,456 (year)
(U. S. Patent No. 123,456, year)
Use last name, first name, and initials for each inventor. Year is year patent was published. Finally, identify an official source where patent can be retreived.
Search Trivia: U.S. Patent Examiners spend about 12 investigating each application and use on average 38 databases.
Copyright: Form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, & certain other intellectual works, both published & unpublished.
Trademark: Word, name, symbol, or device that is used in trade with goods to indicate the source of the goods & to distinguish them from the goods of others.
What is patent in the United States?
Types of Patents
What can be patented in the U.S.?
Non-provisional application includes:
Provisional application includes: