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This guide provides starting points for conducting patent or trademark research at the UW Engineering Library, as well as links to helpful resources and additional information.  Many of the resources are available online.  Click on the tabs above or one of the following links for more information about:

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.  Patent and trademark research assistance is generally available during reference and research help hours @ the UW Engineering Library.  Reference desk hours:

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


UW Copyright Connection

UW Trademarks & Licensing

School of Law

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

Entrepreneurial Law Clinic - School of Law

Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship - Foster School of Business

UW Corporate & Foundation Relations

Office of Research

U.S. Copyright Office - Library of Congress.

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


Engineering Library

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 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.