Resources for Patent and Trademark Searches


While West Texas A&M University is not a Patent and Trademark Depository Library, we do have a few resources available and provide access to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) databases online.

United States Patent and Trademark Office

United States Patent and Trademark Office
For tips searching patents and trademarks online in the USPTO, start with the How to Search page that also has links to free TIFF image viewers used to view patent illustrations. Patents issued from 1790 through 1975 are searchable only by patent number, issue date, and current US Patent Classification system. Try the brief Patent Research Guide from the University of Notre Dame Law School for more tips.
Patent Full-Text and Full Page online database
Can search by full-text for patents from 1976 to the present.
Trademark Electronic Search System
The Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) has U.S. registered, pending, or dead trademarks from 1984 to the present online. TESS provides access to the same text and image database of trademarks as currently provided to examining attorneys at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Sources available at West Texas A&M Cornette Library

Patents

Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark Office: Patents
1987-2002 - U.S. Documents - Microfiche - Call number: C 21.5:
2002 to present - U.S. Documents Staff Workroom - CD-ROM - Call number: C 21.5/6:
Most recent issues also available online
Index of Patents Issued from the United States Patent and Trademark Office
1927, 1929-2002 - U.S. Documents Shelves - Call Number: C 21.5/2: year
2001-2005 - U.S. Documents Staff Workroom - CD-ROM - Call number C 21.5/7: year
2006-2009 - U.S. Documents Staff Workroom - DVD - Call number C 21.5/7: year
Index to the U.S. Patent Classification
U.S. Document Shelves - C 21.12/2:year
Latest edition also available online
LexisNexis Academic (WTAMU only)
Search U.S. patents from 1971 to present in Lexis-Nexis Academic by selecting the "US Legal" tab and then "Patents." Easy search options for patent number, inventor, or patent title. Also has additional search help.

Trademarks

Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark Office: Trademarks
1991 to present - U.S. Documents - Microfiche - Call number: C 21.5/4:
Most recent issues also available online
Index of Trademarks Issued from the United States Patent and Trademark Office
1927 - 1997 (with gaps) - U.S. Documents Shelves - Call Number: C 21.5/3:year
Texas Trademark FAQ's
The Texas Secretary of State site explains how to get a trademark in Texas (valid in Texas only, not the entire United States). Online forms are also available.

Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries

If you need more help you can visit a Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL) which has been officially designated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and maintains a collection of U.S. patent and trademark documents for public use. Most PTDLs also maintain a section for copyright materials as well.

Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries in Texas

Austin McKinney Engineering Library, University of Texas at Austin
College Station West Campus Library, Texas A&M University
Dallas Dallas Public Library
Houston Fondren Library, Rice University
Lubbock Texas Tech University Library
San Antonio San Antonio Public Library (Government Documents)

What Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries can do for you

As set forth by Federal Government regulations, the USPTO provides to its depository libraries: