The University of Utah Marriott Library is one of 80+ U.S. Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) in the country, and one of two in the state of Utah. We celebrated our 35th anniversary of our PTRC designation in 2019.
PTRC representatives are information experts trained on how to use search tools to access patent and trademark information. PTRC representatives are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice.
PTRC library representatives can:
A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
There are three types of patents:
You can search for both issued patents and patent applications on the USPTO's website.
Additionally, you can search Google Patents, but know that the information will not be as current as the USPTO's resources. Also, Google data mines searches, so be aware.
You can find patents from other countries by searching the patent office's websites.
Below are a few key patent offices: