Patent and Trademark Searching


The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office says:
“You can search patents on the web, but you can’t do a patent search.”

What is a patent?

Esp@cenet (European Patent Office)
Espacenet offers free access to 70 million+ patent documents worldwide. Includes information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to today.

Includes the full text of US patents from number 4000000 to 6857132. Free (pdf) downloading including patent images.

Google Patent Search
Google Patent Search results come from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). FAQ

LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe (Search by Content type– Legal–Patent Search)
Includes US, European and Japanese patents.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


What is a trademark?

Trademark-based domain-names

Patent and Trademark Links

Boston University

Other Links

Boston Public Library – Patent, Trademark and Copyright Information

The Boston Public Library has the largest patent collection in New England. This collection is housed in the Government Documents Department. The collection includes US patents from 1790 to the present, British patents from 1617 to 1994, and German patents from l877 to 1938, as well as patent and trademark journals. All of the research materials needed to search U.S. patents and trademarks are available.