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This page offers help in the location of information about acquiring and protecting patents. Included are links to the legal basis for establishing a patent, an interface for advanced, multi-term searching of the U.S. Patent Database, access to over 26 years of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent descriptions, a process for researching patent literature, the typical costs for acquiring a patent, a list of attorneys and agents licensed to practice before the patent office and a direct link to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

FreePatentsOnline.com
The site allows free patent searching, free patent PDF downloading, allows you to set up alerts, and organize and share documents. It's a great resource for patent searching, competitive intelligence research, technology research, etc.

U.S. Patent Act
The legal basis for establishing a patent.

USPTO Patent Databases
This page is the starting point for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's free searchable patent databases, which cover the period from 1 January 1976 to the most recent weekly issue date.

European Patent Office
The European Patent Organisation Established by the Convention on the Grant of European Patents (EPC) signed in Munich 1973, the EPO is the outcome of the European countries' collective political determination to establish a uniform patent system in Europe. As a centralised patent grant system administered by the European Patent Office on behalf of all contracting states, it is a model of successful co-operation in Europe.

U.S. Patent Law
Patents grant an inventor the right to exclude others from producing or using the inventor's discovery or invention for a limited period of time. The U.S. patent laws have been enacted by Congress, under its Constitutional grant of authority, to protect the discoveries of inventors.

MicroPatent
MicroPatent is a global leader in the production and distribution of patent and trademark information. Service for production and distribution of patent and trademark information.

Patent and Trademark Law Center
Patents and Trademarks are your protection against infringement! Welcome inventors and Entrepreneurs ! If you have created a new idea you feel may need a patent or trademark, or, you have a unique name or symbol identifying your product or service, nurture and protect it!

What a patent costs
If you apply pro se (that is, filing an application yourself, without a patent attorney or agent), the largest single expenditure is typically the Patent Office filing fee of some $300 or more. If you retain a patent agent or attorney you can expect to pay for many hours of that person's time at some standard billing rate, leading to total costs as of filing the application of some higher amount. Depending on the billing rate and the time required it is common for a patent application to cost $2,000-$3,000 at the low end of the scale, or $10,000-$15,000 for a complex application.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
The PTO promotes industrial and technological progress in the United States and strengthens the national economy by: Administering the laws relating to patents and trademarks. Advising the Secretary of Commerce, the President of the United States, and the administration on patent, trademark, and copyright protection. Advising the Secretary of Commerce, the President of the United States, and the Administration on the trade-related aspects of intellectual property. Weekly data, updated site information, legal materials, statistics, and search patents capability.

Patent Attorneys and Agents Registered to Practice before the PTO
List posted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Patent Searching Made Easy
Patent Searching Made Easy by David Hitchcock


Patent Strategies for Business
Patent Strategies for Business (3rd ed.)


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