Basics of Intellectual Property
Basic Facts About Patents Useful information from the Patent & Trademark Office.
Basic Facts About Trademarks Useful information from the Patent & Trademark Office.
CRS Report – Fair Use on the Internet Summarizes fair use for Internet users based on Title 17 of the US Code.
Intellectual Property Rights – Ohio State Bar Association Resource for information about patent, trademark, and copyright basics.
Patent Business Methods – US Patent & Trademark Office Current information on Business Method-related patent topics and issues.
Patents at the Cincinnati Public Library Fundamental background information on patents and tips on using the Main Library’s patent collection.
Video Introduction to the Patent System Online video tutorial from the Federal Judicial Center that describes the patent process. Plug-in (Quick Time, Real Media, or Windows Media Player) required.
Copyright and Related Rights Global perspectives on copyright ranging from a music industry primer to an educational comic book for kids from the World Intellectual Property Organization.
The Copyright (C) Primer Interactive tutorial that offers users and introduction to issues concerning copyright ownership and use of information.
Copyright Clearance Center – Copyright.com Covers copyright law, copyright protection, and creating a copyright compliant environment.
Copyright Office of the United States Official Copyright Office site at the Library of Congress offering forms, information, and a searchable database of copyright registrations.
Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States Handy table that outlines copyright terms and conditions and how to determine if a work or publication falls under public domain. Includes list of references.
Music Library Association - Copyright for Music Librarians Latest music copyright news, FAQs, guidelines, and helpful links as they apply to the fields of music and music librarianship.
Publicaciones oficiales en Español de la Oficina del Derecho de Autor Este sitio web proporciona la información del copyright y formas de registro básicas del derecho de autor.
This Business of Music – Online Resources Music business study materials, techonolgy & media, news stories, and links. From the author of
. This Business of Music Historical Patents and Famous Inventors
African-American Inventors Biographical sketches of famous African-Americans and their inventions.
The Black Inventor On-line Museum Showcases great and often unrecognized pioneer inventors and innovators.
Cincinnati Inventors Database Indexes United States patents issued to inventors in Cincinnati and Hamilton County through the late 1800s. Search for inventors or inventions by keyword or browse by inventor or invention name. All Cincinnati patents through 1873 are included with some later dates.
Doodles, Drafts, and Designs - Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian Industrial drawings of a variety of inventions such as Tupperware, the shopping cart, and Crayola crayons.
The Great Idea Finder Gateway to virtually all available X patent images from 1790-1836. Includes links to historic patents from 1836-1975 and 1976-present.
Index of African American Inventors - Historical List of historic African American inventors and their inventions; some with U.S. Patent numbers and brief biographical narratives. Also includes information about science and engineering accomplishments of African Americans.
Inventors at About.com A to Z inventors and inventions. Also includes inventor-related links and lists of African-American Inventors, Women Inventors, Wacky Patents, and more.
National Inventors Hall of Fame Visit the Hall of Fame Library and browse by inventor name, invention title, or decade. Other subjects include marketing your invention, patent basics, and online invention competitions. The National Inventors Hall of Fame is located in Akron, Ohio.
Ohio Inventors – Index to Early Ohio Patents Looking for historic patents from Ohio inventors between 1793-1840? Browse or search index by inventor name, county, subject, patent title, place, or year.
Presidential Patents Listing of patents by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, and others.
Women Inventors Index - 1790–1895 Site offers browsing and searching of U.S. patents issued to women between 1790–1895 by inventor name, geography, patent title, subject, year, and more. Created by Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Asian Patent Information European Patent Office provides search services, translation services, and a virtual help desk for patent literature from Japan, China, and Korea.
Canadian Intellectual Property Office Official Canadian patent and trademark website.
European Patent Office Although this is the best place to start an international patents search, U.S. Patents may also be keyword searched back to 1920. This site extends access to multiple databases: European (EP) patents, PCT (WO) patents, Japanese (JP) patents, etc.
German Patent & Trademark Office The German Patent & Trademark Office (DPMA) provides free online searching from patent publications from around the world including DE, WO, CA, and AU patents. Supplies unique patent family searching and more.
International Intellectual Property Includes sites covering international patent laws, regulations, agreements, standards, trade statistics, and more. From the USPTO.
Japan Patent Office JPO furnishes Japanese patents via Patent Abstracts of Japan, Patent & Utility Model Gazette, Patent & Utility Model Concordances, and Classification (FI) search.
World Intellectual Property Organization Patent Cooperation Treaty database of international patent applications.
Independent Inventors Resources USPTO site devoted to serving the special needs of inventors and entrepreneurs.
Inventor Resources Information about product promotion, market research, product assessment and evaluation, patent searching, etc.
Lemelson-MIT Invention Dimension MIT site provides a wealth of inventor and invention resources including inventor profiles, patent guidelines, links to online invention resources, and more.
National Gallery for America's Young Inventors A museum and Hall of Fame for student inventors, established in 1993 and located in Washington, D.C. Archives and enshrines great student inventions and inventors K-12.
Chilling Effects Clearinghouse Academic project dedicated to helping small web publishers understand legal issues that affect and govern online activities such as copyright and fair use, linking protocol, domain names, and more. Also lists recent cease and desists examples.
Legal Information Institute Patent law fundamentals and downloadable copies of statutes and cases.
Nolo Press Legal Information Online encyclopedia of patent, trademark, and copyright information.
Report of the Department of Justice’s Task Force on Intellectual Property Defines intellectual property and why its protection is important. Proposes methods for the Department of Justice to expand and enhance protecting the nation's intellectual resources.
StopFakes.Gov Register and protect intellectual property assets. Learn how to secure trademarks, patents and copyrights overseas and file an intellectual property rights complaint.
Thomas - Text Word/Phrase Search of Patent-Related Bill Legislation Patent-related bills currently pending before the current 109th U.S. Congress (2005-).
Patent & Trademark Searching and Registration
Electronic Orange Book – Food and Drug Administration Search FDA-approved drugs by active ingredient, proprietary name, applicant holder, etc.
Free Patents Online Download PDF versions (which are faster to print than the TIFF images on the USPTO site) of millions of post-1975 patents.
Google Patent Search This Google search engine lets you search United States patents issued back to 1790.
Guide to Filing a Non-Provisional (Utility) Patent Application Basic information about filing a utility patent application and a guide to related USPTO forms.
How to Search – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office USPTO list of links to essential search guides and databases by topic.
PAT2PDF – Free PDF copies of patents Download PDF versions of patents. A speedier alternative to the USPTO website.
Patent Alert - Free Online Service Subscribers to this service receive periodical updates about inventions recently patented in the United States. Subscriptions can be customized.
Patent Search Tutorial Tutorial from the University of Central Florida Libraries designed to help inventors conduct preliminary research of U.S. patents.
Patent Search Tutorial and Information This online tutorial focuses on searching the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO) Web Patent Databases.
Patent Technology Centers Useful telephone directory of Patent Office Technology Center Contacts for Independent Inventors.
Scirus – Science Search Engine Find the latest reports, journal articles, and patents related to science-related prior art.
Search Templates by Class at the USPTO Lists prior art examples which patent examiners utilize for patent applications.
Seven Step Strategy - USPTO The USPTO’s official guide to performing a patent search using their classification system.
State Trademark Agencies and Databases Office addresses and web links for all State Trademark Agencies. Some state websites also offer business name searching.
Trademark Design Search Code Manual Codified index of design figurative elements listed by category. Contains: (1)the general guidelines, (2)the design search code and (3)an alphabetical index.
Trademarks & Service Marks - Ohio Secretary of State Gateway for trademark and service mark registration information.
United States Patent and Trademark Office - Forms Locate current forms for patent or trademark registration by form number or title.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Official Patent and Trademark Office site with forms, information, and search capability for patents and trademarks.