Patent Search Tutorial

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This tutorial will help you to understand patents and the process of searching for patents. In order to ensure that your search will return the best results, this tutorial reviews a number of different techniques.

While you may review any section of this tutorial at any time, we suggest that you work your way through the tutorial by using the "Next" link below. You can also access main sections of the tutorial by using the navigation on the left from top to bottom.

Throughout this tutorial there will be short videos demonstrating how to use the United States Patent and Trademark website. You may also want to supplement this information with books related to searching for patents or contacting the Patent and Trademark Resource Center librarian, John Meier, or your local Penn State library.

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Penn State University Libraries maintain Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences (PAMS) Library. As an official depository of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), we have a formal agreement to provide assistance to the public in the use of patent and trademark resources provided by the PTO. Librarians and library staff are familiar with search resources and can show you how to use computerized databases, collections, and other resources for searching.


John Meier
Science Librarian
Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library
201 Davey Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802


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