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Patent Resources

Virginia Commonwealth University Patent Services

Designated a Patent and Trademark Depository Library in 1985, the only such collection in the state of Virginia, VCU's Patent Depository contains copies of every utility patent issued since 1790 and every design patent issued since January 1973.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Contains information on the patent and trademark process, and some online patent searching.
  • USPTO Patent Databases

    Search and read the fulltext of US patents issued from January 1, 1976 to the most recent weekly issue date. Full page images go back to 1790.
European Patent Office

Contains over 30 million patent documents.

World International Property Organization

Contains information about WIPO and its 182 member states and the administration of 23 international treaties dealing with various aspects of intellectual property protection.

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