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Patents, Trademarks and Servicemarks

What is a Patent? What is a Trademark? What is a Servicemark?

Intellectual property right granted by the US Government to an inventor "to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout US or importing the invention into the US" for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when patent is granted.


  1. Utility - new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture , or composition of matter, or useful improvement thereof (what something does)
  2. Design - new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture (how something looks)
  3. Plant - asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant (for example the Hydrangea named "Limelight")

Anatomy of a US Patent Document contains a detailed explanation of various US patent sections.

Word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.

Same as a trademark, except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product.

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The Science & Engineering Library at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is an official U.S. Patent and Trademark Depository Library.

Always call to make an appointment with the Patent and Trademark Librarian if you intend to do a lengthy patent search, need to use PubWest, or for in-depth reference assistance with patents and trademarks.

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