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.
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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:
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
Intellectual Property Research Guide - Gallagher Law Library, School of Law
UW Visitor Center - includes parking information, transportation, and campus maps
U.S. Copyright Office - Library of Congress.
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.