The Sunnyvale Library is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). Supported by a US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
program and expert staff, PTRCs disseminate patent and trademark information and support the public's diverse intellectual property needs.
Podcasts of Recent Programs:
Britten Sessions, July 21, 2014: How to Write a Patent Application
Britten Sessions, March 4, 2014: Maximizing the Value of Your Patent
Ed Davis, October 23, 2013: Provisional Patent Applications
Judy Mohr and Evan Boetticher, March 11, 2013: Applying for a Patent
Richard Stim, August 28, 2012: Trademarks with Richard Stim
Julie Samuels, August 8, 2012: Software Patents with Julie Samuels
Eric Goldman, July 16, 2012: Online Copyright: What You Need to Know
David Pressman, June 30, 2012. Patent It Yourself with David Pressman
Richard Stim, June 18, 2012. Five Ways You Can Protect Your Great Idea Without Filing a Utility Patent
As a PTRC, Sunnyvale Public Library Offers:
- Free access to patent and trademark documents in various formats.
- Access to the PubWest database for patent searching.
- Resources for historical patent research.
- Patent searching guides and other reference materials on intellectual property.
- USPTO-trained staff to answer patent and trademark questions.
- Classes and events related to intellectual property. (Check the Events Calendar to see what's offered now. You may also sign up to be notified by email of upcoming events, including patent and trademark events, by registering to receive adult announcement and event notifications.)
Just getting started with patents?
Here are some useful websites, videos, and tools.
General Information Concerning Patents. This guide from the USPTO explains what a patent is and how to get one.
Conducting a Patent Search. A 50-minute presentation from the USPTO, explaining how to conduct a patent search and why it is important to be thorough. [Flash is required.]
Sample patent search demonstration.
Here's a shortcut to the USPTO's search page, where you can search patents from 1790-present and published applications from 2001-present. Google Patents can be another place to start.
Use Pat2PDF.org to create a PDF file for any patent number.
Here are some shortcut links to patent fees and patent forms.
Looking for an attorney? Search for attorneys and patent agents who are registered to practice before the United States Patent Office.
Just getting started with trademarks?
Basic Facts About Trademarks. This guide from the USPTO explains what a trademark is and how to get one.
Trademark Information Network. The USPTO has created a series of newscast-style videos to help you understand trademarks. Check them out!
These are shortcut links to trademark fees and trademark forms and filing.
International Patents and Trademarks
International Patent Protection. Links to information at the USPTO site about the Patent Cooperation Treaty, Common Application Format, and more.
Espacenet. Search patent documents worldwide from over 72 countries and regions.
WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Intellectual Property Digital Library. Search international trademark registrations (Madrid system), international patent applications (PCT), and other databases; access guides, standards, laws, regulations, fees, statistics, FAQs, links, and more.
Lawyers in the Library
Have a legal question about patents, trademarks or copyrights? Your Library is calling in the lawyers!
You can now sign up for free legal counseling about intellectual property law -- meaning patents, trademarks, or copyright issues. Volunteer attorneys who specialize in these areas will be offering 20-minute consultations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., on the last Tuesday of each month. All sessions will take place at the Library.
Call (408) 730-7300, (option 5), to sign up for your free meeting with a lawyer.
The Library is working in partnership with Silicon Valley-based Pro Bono Project. The service is part of a project supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.