The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) designated the University of California, Riverside Libraries as a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) to stimulate patent development, economic development, and technology transfer within southern California. UCR is the only PTRC within the UC system and one of three centers located in southern California. The Patent and Trademark Resource Center maintains the entire back file of U.S. utility and design patents on DVD and offers assistance in searching USPTO patent and trademark databases to both the general public and the UC Riverside community. Read more information on the U.S. Patent & Trademark Resource Center Program.
Patent and Trademark reference service is available from Library staff at the Orbach Science Library Reference Desk. Those new to patent or trademark searching may make an appointment for individual assistance by phoning the Orbach Science Library Reference Desk.
Reference Desk Number: (951) 827-3316
On campus: 2-3316
Our Library staff are happy to show you how to do your own self-directed patent and trademark searching, however we cannot do patent or trademark searches for you, offer legal advice, or answer questions of a legal nature. Please contact a registered patent attorney or agent for help with specific legal questions about patentability and your application.
A computer workstation is reserved for patent and trademark use. From this workstation, access:
- USPTO patent and trademark information and public databases
- PubWEST, Patent Office database used by the USPTO's patent examiners
USPTO databases other than PubWEST may also be accessed from public workstations located throughout the Orbach Science Library building.
USPTO Databases and Information
- U.S. Trademarks
- Basic Facts About Trademarks
- Trademark FAQs
- U.S. Trademark Electronic Search System : TESS
- International Schedule of Classes of Goods and Services
- Design Search Code Manual
- Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) Tutorial
- Inventor Resources
Information on trademarks for small businesses
Trademark Search Guides and Tutorials
USPTO Databases and Information
- U.S. Patents
- General Information Concerning Patents
- A Guide to Filing a Non-Provisional (Utility) Patent Application
- Patent FAQs
- U.S. Patent Databases
Search U.S. issued patents since 1976 and published applications since 15 March 2001. Need a TIFF viewer to display patent images.
- Patent Classification System
Search tip: After retrieving a class listing, click the P icon to retrieve patents for that classification code
- Inventor Resources
Information on patents for the solo or small business inventor
Patent Search Guides and Tutorials
- How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search : A Step by Step Strategy, PTRC
35-minute narrated slide presentation on patent searching.
- 7-Step U. S. Patent Search Strategy, PTRC
- Searching for U.S. Patents on the Internet, University of Maine
- Patent Search Tutorial, University of Texas at Austin
- Patent Search Tutorial, Penn State
- U.S. Patents tutorial, University of Central Florida
Other Patent web sites
- Free Patents Online
Enter U.S. patent number, and Pat2pdf converts patent TIFF file into a PDF file you can download.
- Google Patents
Searchable U.S. patents from 1790s to present.
Includes Search Tips
- Inventors Forum
Organization of inventors and those who help inventors--based in Orange County
- Inventors Digest
Magazine for inventors
International and Foreign Patents
- European Patent Office
Search European Patent, PCT, Japanese, and other worldwide patents.
- World Intellectual Property Office
- Intellectual Property Offices
Connect to national and international intellectual property web sites
Extensive listing of useful patent web sites
Article and Information Databases
Databases useful for finding journal articles and technical reports in prior art searching. Databases useful for finding company and product information.
Links marked UCR only can be accessed in the UC Riverside Libraries by the general public; off-campus access is restricted to UCR faculty, students, and staff.
- LexisNexis Academic (UCR only)
In legal section:
- Full-text law reviews
- Text, without drawings, of U.S.patents from 1971 to present. Searchable by title, keyword, assignee, inventor, patent number, classification, lawyer.
Company profiles include brands and trademarks, recent patents and trademarks, kind of business
- Agricola UCR only
Agricola Free public access
Indexes books, journals, articles, and other materials in agriculture, animal science, nutrition, soil sciences and agriculture-related fields. UCR only version often connects to full- text.
- BIOSIS UCR only
Citations from over 6,000 journals, books and conference proceedings in all areas of the life sciences and biology
- Compendex UCR only
Indexes engineering journals, conference proceedings, articles, technical reports and other literature. Often connects to full-text.
- Reaxys UCR only
Beilstein and Gmelin. Document citations from organic chemistry journals, 1980- present; inorganic chemistry journals from 1995-present.
Substances indexed 1772-present.
- DOE (U.S. Department of Energy) E-print Network
A gateway to over 27,000 Web sites and databases worldwide, containing 1.1 million e-prints in basic and applied sciences
- DOE (U.S. Department of Energy) Information Bridge
Full-text technical reports from 1994 to present
- DTIC (Defense Technical Information Center)Scientific and Technical Information Network
Citations of unclassified technical reports; many from 1998 to present available in full text
- Hoover's Online UCR only
Business information: companies, products, industries
- INSPEC (UCR only)
Electrical engineering and computer science
- PubMed UCR only
PubMed Free public access
Citations from more than 4,300 international biomedical journals covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the preclinical sciences. UCR version often connects to full-text.
- Science Accelerator
Searches U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research reports and DOE-related resources on energy, science, and technology.
- Thomas Register
Info on 650,000 industrial companies; 67,000 categories of industrial products and services; plus over 20,000,000 CAD drawings and hundreds of searchable product catalogs
- Web of Science UCR only
All science disciplines
- Westlaw Campus Research UCR only
United States federal and state case law, statutory and regulatory materials. Law reviews. Legal encyclopedias.
- Zoological Record UCR only
Science Reference Desk
The Patent and Trademark Reference area is on the first floor of the Orbach Science Library. Directions to UC Riverside and Orbach Science Library.
Patent and Trademark collections and computer workstations are available all hours the Science Library is open. See Library hours.