Patent and Trademark Resource Center at the BPL

The Boston Public Library is home to a U. S. Patent and Trademark Resource Center.  The staff of the Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center (KBLIC) at the Central Library in Copley Square can direct you to information about the patent and trademark application process.  They can also demonstrate how to use search tools to run a patent or trademark search as well as provide access to resources such as the PubEAST and PubWEST examiner-based search systems (an appointment is required). The KBLIC is located on the lower level of the Johnson Building; the entrance is at 700 Boylston Street.  We recommend that you make an appointment for assistance with our patent and trademark resources at

For more information about the application process and patent searching, see the “Patents” page and the “Trademarks” page of the BPL’s “Copyright/Creative Commons, Trademarks, and Patents” research guide.

Patents and Trademarks

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List of materials to help you get started in patenting your invention or protecting your trademark.

Discusses patent law, requirements for patentibility, the contents of a provisional application and patent application or specification. Includes concrete examples.

Provides steps to evaluate the marketability, tips on patents and trademarks, and advice on how to license your product, invention or ideas at any stage.

Intellectual property (IP) consists of patents, trademarks, domain names, copyrights, designs, and trade secrets. This comprehensive guide will help companies, investors and creative thinkers understand the scope and nature if IP issues, pose the right questions to their advisers and maximize the value from their IP.

Discusses the patent process and marketing of your idea as well as promoting your product. The book provides a complete guide for everything you need to do to see your invention on store shelves.

Comprehensive guide to patent drafting. Useful for readers with an interest in technical drawing. Profusely illustrated and accessible, "How to Make Patent Drawings" is highly recommended for students and novice draftsmen.

Illustrates how to create formal patent drawings that comply with the rules of the U.S. Patent Office. "Even if you haven't taken a course in school, you can make your own patent drawings by following these simple examples.- Jack Lander,The Inventor's Bookshelf

MOVE UP Defines clearly and simply what a patent is and why you need one. The book shows you: *How to document an invention for maximum protection *Patent searching process *The patent application process *Who owns a patent *How to avoid patent infringement.

Explains what legal rights apply to your intellectual work, the scope of copyright protection, includes an overview of trademark law, what the law protects and much more.

Step-by-step guide to filing at the U.S. Patent Office. Includes the forms and clear instructions to help you. Updated to reflect the latest changes in intellectual property law, and covers the latest implications of the first-to-file rules created by the America Invents Act.

Desk reference for patent attorneys, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators, development professionals, and students has been updated with the latest court cases and legislation. * Discusses a number of recent landmark Supreme Court decisions * Contains sample utility and design patents for reference * Walks readers through the many parts of a patent.

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