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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.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) provides tools for patent and trademark research to libraries throughout the country. These Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) make these tools available to the public.

The University of Washington Engineering Library is the PTRC for Washington State.
Reference staff can provide patent and trademark information and research assistance and introduce researchers to the patent and trademark search processes, but we cannot perform searches, evaluate searches, assist with applications or dispense legal advice.


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


Entrepreneurial Law Clinic - School of Law

Washington Pro Bono Patent Network - School of Law (Part of the USPTO Patent Pro Bono program for independent inventors and small businesses)

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 Law Research Guide - Gallagher Law Library, School of Law

Office of Research

UW Copyright Connection

UW Trademarks & Licensing

UW Corporate & Foundation Relations

U.S. Copyright Office - Library of Congress.

Information about copyrights and copyright registration. Frequently requested circulars and application forms are available at this site.


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Seattle, WA 98195-2170


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While the Library reference service staff is happy to provide assistance with your search, 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.