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Patents: A How-To-Find Guide

Information on locating full-text of patents granted worldwide.

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.

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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