In 1990, the Chester Fritz Library was designated the 67th U.S. Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC).
What does this mean for users? Being a Patent and Trademark Resource Center provides access to examiner-based search systems such as Examiner's Automated Search Tool (PubEAST) and the Web-based Examiner's Search Tool (PubWEST). This allows the University of North Dakota and the greater North Dakota community the ability to view patents and trademarks issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The PTRC also contains 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.
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LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program
LegalCORPS’s Inventor Assistance Program was the first program in the United States to provide free legal representation to low-income inventors seeking to patent their innovations with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).
Independent inventors fuel innovation that can inspire investment and create new businesses and jobs. However, the process of securing patent protection can pose a major hurdle for independent inventors as they try to turn an idea into a commercially viable product.
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