Patent & Trademark Resource Center

Patent & Trademark Resource Center

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.

Computer Workstations

A computer workstation is reserved for patent and trademark use. From this workstation, access:

  1. USPTO patent and trademark information and public databases
  2. 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.

US Patents

USPTO Databases and Information

Patent Search Guides and Tutorials

Other Patent web sites

Inventors Groups

International and Foreign Patents

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:
    1. Full-text law reviews
    2. Text, without drawings, of U.S.patents from 1971 to present. Searchable by title, keyword, assignee, inventor, patent number, classification, lawyer.
    In business section:
    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
(951) 827-3316


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.

Last modified: 10/9/2014 2:35 PM by J. Mason

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