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UMass Amherst Libraries

Patents and Trademarks

Parts of a U.S. Patent

Anatomy of a US Patent Document  -created by Librarian Michael White, a bit outdated but useful nonetheless.

USPTO Patent Resources


Anatomy of a U.S. Patent Document  - made by Librarian Michael White, a bit outdated but useful nonetheless.

U.S. Patent Number codes  For example A1, B2, E, etc. Created by librarian Michael White.

How to cite a patent 

IEEE style:

Author(s)/Inventor(s). “Name/Title.” Country where patent is registered. Patent number, date.

E.E. Rebecca. “Alternating current fed power supply.” U.S. Patent 7,897,777, Nov. 3, 1987.

Patents and Patentability Tutorial - University of Minnesota Libraries (2015)

Patent Resource

For Inventors

From Concept to Protection - Video (18 minutes)

Inventors Eye - Magazine - The USPTO's bimonthly publication for the independent inventor community

Inventors Assistance Center (IAC) - provides patent information and services to the public.

Patents Ombudsman Program - enhances the USPTO's ability to assist applicants or their representatives with issues that arise during patent application prosecution.

Patents of Interest

National Archives Coloring Book of Patents (17 page PDF)

Patents of Interest (in my opinion):

Party Goggles US2011/0138521 A1

Flamingo Planter Feeder US D487,714

Method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion (Michael J. Jackson shoes) US 5,255,452

Improved process for the artificial production of ice US 8080

Sewing Machine US 8294

Device for indicating life in buried persons US 371,626

Propelling Device US 1331952

Manner of Buoying Vessles (Inventor President Abraham Lincoln) US 6469

More to explore - Colitz - Registered Patent Attorney - Wacky Patent Collection

Plant Patents

Although plant patents can be searched on the USPTO website, color photographs of the plants are only available in print at a PTRC.