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Information about patents

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – http://www.uspto.gov/patents/index.jsp
USPTO Inventor’s Assistance Center –http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/iac/index.jsp
USPTO: Patents for Inventors – http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/patents.jsp

Information about filing a US Patent Application – http://www.uspto.gov/patents/resources/types/utility.jsp#heading-2

Types of Patent Applications/Proceedings – http://www.uspto.gov/patents/resources/types/index.jsp

Patent Application Serial Numbers since 1882 – http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/filingyr.htm

Continuity data – http://www.uspto.gov/main/faq/p225pair018.htm

Direct Access to Public PAIR: http://portal.uspto.gov/pair/PublicPair

Patent Searches

For more information on patent searches, check out the following resources at the USPTO.

USPTO: How to Conduct a Preliminary US Patent Search: a step by step strategy http://www.uspto.gov/video/cbt/ptrcsearching/

Seven Step Strategy – http://www.uspto.gov/products/library/ptdl/services/step7.jsp

Patents – there is an official gazette for patents which publishes patents every Tuesday for the previous week – http://www.uspto.gov/news/og/patent_og/index.jsp

Patent Forms

Due to the American Invents Act, there is a difference in forms depending upon the date the patent application was filed.

On or After September 16, 2012
Before September 16, 2012

Patent Fee Schedule


USPTO Patent Statistics

Data Visualization Center – USPTO Patents Dashboard for statistics


First Office Action Estimator


International Patent Offices

European Patent Office – http://www.epo.org/

Japanese Patent Office – https://www.jpo.go.jp/

Australian Patent Office- http://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/

UK Patent Office – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/intellectual-property-office

Canadian Patent Office – http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/Home

World Intellectual Property Organization (Patent Cooperation Treaty applications) – http://www.wipo.int/portal/en/index.html

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