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Patents & Trademarks


Introduction to the Dallas Public Library PTRC

As a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), Dallas Public Library is designated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to provide free access to U.S.patents and trademark documents in the various formats in which they are published, trained staff to assist in using the resources, and public seminars on intellectual property (IP) topics. In addition to providing access to patent and trademark documents, the PTRC includes a substantial collection of other IP resources, including sources providing practical guidance for inventors and others seeking to protect and commercialize IP.

The PTRC is housed in the Central Library's Government Information Center. Please see the Government Information Center Website for hours and contact information.


News

Upcoming events in 2014

USPTO and Dallas Entrepreneur Center Collaborate on Resource Sharing Initiatives

The Center for Innovation in Arlington will launch pro bono patent assistance center

USPTO Satellite Office planned for Dallas


Patent Overview and Resources

General Patent Information from the USPTO
  • General Information Concerning Patents - USPTO guide to obtaining patent protection, including application requirements and information about what happens after a patent application is received at the USPTO.
  • Patent Protection in the United States In this USPTO presentation, inventors seeking a general introduction to patent protection will find answers to questions such as "what is a patent?", "what does a patent protect?", and "what is required to get a patent?". (Requires Adobe Flash Player)
Patent Search Resources from the USPTO

Patent files are searched for many different reasons. You might wish to find out if your idea has already been patented or want a copy of the complete drawings and specifications of a particular patent. Or, you may want to find out what types of research are being done by certain companies or individual inventors.

Filing a Patent Application with the USPTO
For specific questions about patent e-Filing, please call the Patent Electronic Business Center at 866-217-9197 (toll free).
Getting Help

If you visit Dallas Public Library's PTRC, we can provide introductory coaching in using the USPTO's Seven-Step Strategy for searching U.S. patents using USPTO databases, and when appropriate can direct you to other sources that might be relevant to your research. Please note that we cannot do a search for you, provide guidance in completing a patent application, or provide other forms of legal assistance. If legal assistance is needed, please consider the following resources:

For general assistance in completing patent forms, please contact the USPTO at 1-800-786-9199 and select option 2.

Book Recommendations from our collection
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   ... Intermediate/Advanced

A more extensive bibliography of intellectual property resources from our PTRC may be found here

Other Patent and Inventor Resources

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Trademark Overview and Resources

Trademark Search Resources from the USPTO
Filing a Trademark Application with the USPTO
  • TEAS - entry Page to the USPTO's Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) for federal registration of marks.
  • U.S. Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual (ID Manual) - lists identifications of goods and services and their respective classifications that the USPTO examining attorneys will accept without further inquiry if the specimens of record support the identification and classification.
  • Protecting Your Trademark - USPTO booklet about trademark registration, including specific instructions for how to file.
  • State Trademark Information Links - USPTO list of state trademark offices. To acquire trademark and/or service mark registration at the state level, applicants must file an application with the trademark office of the specific state in which protection is sought.
Getting Help

If you visit the Library, we can provide introductory instruction in searching U.S. registered and pending trademarks using USPTO databases. Please note that we cannot do a search for you, or provide other forms of legal assistance. If legal assistance is needed, please consider the following resource:

Book Recommendations from our collection

A more extensive bibliography of intellectual property resources from our PTRC may be found here

Other Trademark Resources

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Copyright Overview and Resources

Copyright: Encouraging and Protecting Creativity - Provides a 43-minute overview of copyright protection. (Requires Adobe Flash Player)
U.S. Copyright Office Resources for Copyright Record Searches
Filing a Copyright Registration
Book Recommendations from our collection

A more extensive bibliography of intellectual property resources from our PTRC may be found here

Other Copyright Resources
  • Copyright Clearance Center Videos - includes a brief overview of copyright law, how to determine what is and is not protected by U.S. copyright law, and other copyright topics

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