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Patent and trademark research assistance is available Monday - Friday, 1:00pm -5:00pm.
Closed: Weekends and Holidays (Upcoming holiday closure: Juneteenth, Wed, June 19)

Please contact us via email before planning a visit and for more information:

Online training, webinars, and virtual events are available from the USPTO.

Seattle Public Library-Business and Nonprofit: services, classes, and workshops.

King County Library System-Small Business Resources: includes online events.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) provides tools and training for patent and trademark research to libraries throughout the country.  These Patent and Trademark Resource Centers or PTRCs make the research tools available to the public. The University of Washington Engineering Library is designated by the USPTO as the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) for Washington State.

You may wish to read these patent and trademark guides to get started.

Reference and research help staff provide patent and trademark information and research assistance. We can introduce researchers to the patent and trademark search processes, but we cannot perform searches, evaluate searches, assist with applications or dispense legal advice.

This research guide includes individual guides for conducting patent or trademark searches, as well as starting points for additional research, links to inventor resources, and other helpful information.

Washington State Pro Bono legal assistance is provided by the California Lawyers for the Arts: California Inventors Assistance Program [CIAP]. Service previously offered by the Washington Pro Bono Patent Network. This service is part of the USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program for independent inventors and small businesses that matches financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses with volunteer patent attorneys and agents to provide free legal assistance in securing patent protection.

Quick Links

Other PTRCs University of Washington Copyright

Mather Library, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Montana Tech Library - Butte, Montana

University of Idaho College of Law Library - Boise, ID

All PTRC Locations by State

Research resources available at all PTRCs include:

  • USPTO website, including access to the patent and trademark web databases.
  • Publications and tools made available by the USPTO.
  • Assistance in the use of the patent & trademark search tools and research materials.


Entrepreneurial Law Clinic - School of Law

Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy (CASRIP) - School of Law

Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship - Foster School of Business

UW Libraries Commercialization & Entrepreneurship Research Guide

Intellectual Property Research Guide - Gallagher Law Library, School of Law

Office of Research

UW Trademarks & Licensing

UW Corporate & Foundation Relations

UW Visitor Center - includes parking information, transportation, and campus maps

U.S. Copyright Office - Library of Congress.
Information about copyrights and copyright registration. Frequently requested circulars and application forms are available at this site.

UW Libraries Copyright Introduction

Copyrights @ UW  from CoMotion®

UW Copyright Resource


Engineering Library

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Contact Info:
Engineering Library
University of Washington
Box 352170
Seattle, WA 98195-2170


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Phone:  (206) 543-0741


While the Library reference service staff is happy to provide assistance with your patent or trademark research, we cannot perform searches, evaluate searches, assist with your application or dispense legal advice.

The University of Washington and its employees are providing a service of an informational nature with no express or implied warranty for results and assume no obligation or liability for damage arising out of the use, or inability to use, the information provided.  Every effort is made to keep this information up to date. However, errors and omissions may occur.

For the most up-to-date information or legal advice, please contact a patent or trademark attorney.