Government Resources · Patents, Trademark & Copyright

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.
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.


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 from Cornell University that outlines copyright terms and conditions and how to determine if a work or publication falls under public domain. Includes list of references.
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.

Historical Patents and Famous Inventors

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.

International Patents

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.

Inventor Resources

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.

Legal Information

Register and protect intellectual property assets. Learn how to secure trademarks, patents and copyrights overseas and file an intellectual property rights complaint.

Patent & Trademark Searching and Registration

Electronic Orange Book – Food and Drug Administration
Search FDA-approved drugs by active ingredient, proprietary name, applicant holder, etc.
Guide to Filing a Non-Provisional (Utility) Patent Application
Basic information about filing a utility patent application and a guide to related USPTO forms.
Patent Technology Centers
Useful telephone directory of Patent Office Technology Center Contacts for Independent Inventors.
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 Information Links
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) site, providing addresses and web links for all State Trademark Agencies.
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.
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.