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Basic IP Laws & Databases

Utility Patent Resources

  Patent Law: An Overview http://topics.law.cornell.edu/wex/Patent
  United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) http://www.uspto.gov
  Google Patents http://www.google.com/patents
  Free Patents Search Tool http://www.freepatentsonline.com/
  Thomson Innovation Patent Database http://info.thomsoninnovation.com/
  A FREE patent search tool http://www.pat2pdf.org/
  Get the Patent.com http://www.getthepatent.com/
  Lexisnexis Database http://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/gateway.page
  Questel Orbit Patent Database https://www.orbit.com/
  IFI CLAIMS® Patent Databases http://www.ificlaims.com/
  Peer To Patent http://www.peertopatent.org/
  Free Patents Crazy Patents http://www.freepatentsonline.com/crazy.html
  J-platpat - Japanese Patent Databse https://www.j-platpat.inpit.go.jp/web/all/top/BTmTopEnglishPage
  Patent Commons Project http://www.patentcommons.org/
  USPTO PAIR http://portal.uspto.gov/pair/PublicPair
  Chinese Patent Office (SIPO) http://www.sipo.gov.cn
  European Patent Office (EPO) http://www.epo.org
  Japanese Patent Office (JPO) http://www.jpo.go.jp
  Taipei Patent Office (TIPO) http://www.tipo.gov.tw
  World Intellectual Property Association http://www.wipo.int/portal/index.html.en
  USPTO: How to Get a Patent http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/howtopat.htm
  The Lens - Free Patent Database https://www.lens.org/lens/
  Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/ip/paris/trtdocs_wo020.html
  Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights http://www.wto.org/english/docs_e/legal_e/27-trips_01_e.htm

Design Patent Resources

  Design Patents http://www.bitlaw.com/patent/design.html
  What Are Design Patents and When Are They Useful? http://www.tms.org/pubs/journals/JOM/matters/matters-9303.html
  A Guide to Filing a Design Patent Application http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/design/index.html
  US Design Patents – Classification and Popularity http://www.freepatentsonline.com/design-patents.html
  Design Patents: Sailing Through the PTO http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2009/04/design-patents-sailing-through-the-pto.html
  Design Patents Vs Other Types of Intellectual Property, Definition of Design http://inventors.about.com/od/designpatents/a/design_patent.htm