Basic IP Laws & Databases

Utility Patent Resources

  Patent Law: An Overview
  United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  Google Patents
  Free Patents Search Tool
  Thomson Innovation Patent Database
  A FREE patent search tool
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  Lexisnexis Database
  Questel Orbit Patent Database
  IFI CLAIMS® Patent Databases
  Peer To Patent
  Free Patents Crazy Patents
  J-platpat - Japanese Patent Databse
  Patent Commons Project
  Chinese Patent Office (SIPO)
  European Patent Office (EPO)
  Japanese Patent Office (JPO)
  Taipei Patent Office (TIPO)
  World Intellectual Property Association
  USPTO: How to Get a Patent
  The Lens - Free Patent Database
  Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
  Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

Design Patent Resources

  Design Patents
  What Are Design Patents and When Are They Useful?
  A Guide to Filing a Design Patent Application
  US Design Patents – Classification and Popularity
  Design Patents: Sailing Through the PTO
  Design Patents Vs Other Types of Intellectual Property, Definition of Design