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Patents: A How-To-Find Guide

Information on locating full-text of patents granted worldwide.


Patent Help

Patent resources at ISU

Patent and IP resources located at Iowa State University. Note: legal services are not available to student inventors at this time. Students should refer to the next two sections, patent resources in Iowa and patent resources from the USPTO, for help.

ISU librarians can help you:

  • Understand what patents are and how they are structured
  • Learn basic patent searching skills using free search tools
  • Find a known patent (e.g., you know the patent number or inventor's name)

ISU librarians cannot:

  • Do a patent (prior art) search for you
  • Determine if your idea is patentable
  • Provide legal services or advice
  • Help you file a patent application

Patent resources in Iowa

Links to free and low-cost patent resources in Iowa.

Patent resources from the USPTO

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. The USPTO website provides extensive information on the patent process, from prior art search to completed application, and legal information for inventors. Below are links to a few services from the USPTO that may be helpful.

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