A Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) assists inventors with finding information needed to protect their intellectual property.
PTRCs, which are coordinated by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), provide support for using search tools to access patent and trademark information - a critical first step for anyone considering filing a patent or trademark.
To start research on patent or trademark property, visit the USPTO website for a wide array of resources, including information on patent searching, fees, filing, and finding registered patent attorneys and agents. PTRCs have additional resources that may help fine-tune your preliminary research results.
Please note: While we can provide guidance on how to do self-directed patent and trademark searching, 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.
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The PTRC also provides access to step-by-step guides on how to “patent it yourself” and how to license a patent, as well as in-depth books on intellectual property law. At the Information Desk we provide free USPTO guides on filing a provisional patent application, a utility patent, or a trademark, as well as general patent information.