Libraries

Patent and Trademark Resource Center

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WIU Libraries is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center, which is a library designated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to make patent and trademark materials freely available to the public and to actively disseminate patent and trademark information. Malpass Library, fulfills this obligation through developing expertise in patent and trademark searching and making these materials available electronically through the World Wide Web and through Patent Public Search, , and the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) , among other databases.

At the Patent & Trademark Resource Center, you can:

  • Learn about intellectual property
  • Learn about patents and how to search patents
  • Learn about trademarks and how to search trademarks
  • Learn about resources available for inventors and entrepreneurs
  • Use the same databases patent examiners use to search patents
  • View plant patents on-site

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This guide is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice or to substitute for the legal advice of an attorney at law.



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