In 1990, the Chester Fritz Library was designated the 67th U.S. Patent and Trademark Resource Center.
What does this mean for users? Being a Patent and Trademark Resource Center provides access to examiner-based search systems such as PubEast and PubWest and allows the University of North Dakota and greater North Dakota community the ability to view over 5 million patents and 2 million trademarks issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The holdings of the PTRC consist of full design, utility, plant and reissue patents. The PTRC also contains a complete run of the Official Gazette of the Patent and Trademark Office and various indexes and informational publications regarding patents and trademarks.
You can access USPTO's patents databases through their website. Be advised, though, that they are not full text pre-1976 and as a result it can be difficult to search for historical patents. You are also encouraged to come to the library or give us a call to schedule a search using our search tips and strategies as well as access to the full USPTO databases.
If you're looking to protect your intellectual property worldwide, look at WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization.
If you're looking for information in book form, the following texts contain helpful explanations of the US patent and trademark system and where to search for information on patents and trademarks