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Patents: Getting Started

A guide to help ASU students find patent information including what is a patent, the different sections of a patent, how to do a prior art search, where to find statistics and other sources of patent information.

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This Library Guide is an educational tool for ASU's science/engineering students and does not constitute legal advice. 

Employees of the ASU Libraries cannot provide legal advice for the patent application process nor for patentability searching.

The State Library:
Arizona's Patent & Trademark
Resource Center

Are you an Arizona resident looking for assistance and/or information about patents and trademarks? 

The State Library of Arizona is designated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as the Patent and Trademark Resource Center for the state of Arizona.  

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Located: Suite 300, Historic Capitol Building, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
​Phone: 602-926-3870
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Guide to Patent and Trademark Resources

Patents

A patent is a government grant bestowing certain property rights on the inventor including the right for the inventor to exclude others from making, using, or selling the invention.  Along with trademarks, trade secrets, and copyright, patents are legally considered "intellectual property."  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is responsible for examining patent applications and granting patents in the U.S. The USPTO is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. There are no Arizona State agencies involved in the patenting process.

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Table of Contents

This guide is an introduction to patents for ASU science and engineering students.  It is divided into sections designated by the TABs across the top of this page.  The contents of these sections include:

About Patents
Explains the 3 main types of patents that the United States issues; breaks down the different sections of a patent and what each section contains. International patents are briefly covered as well.  Links are provided to where more detailed information is available on the United States Patent and Trademark and the European Patent Office websites. 

ASU Patent/IP Information
Links to information for ASU faculty, researchers and students; also contains information about ASU community outreach for IP and business information. 

Famous Inventors and Inventions
Have fun with patents; links to information about famous inventors and inventions

Finding Patents 
Instructions for finding patents using free web-based resources.  Find out how to search by:


Glossaries
Links to definitions for terms frequently used in the patenting process

Statistics 
Links to statistical data for patenting activities in Arizona, U.S. and Internationally 

Where to Find ...
Not sure where to go to find the information you need?   This page links to the major patent databases plus where patent information is available     

Your Librarians

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Linda Shackle
Engineering and Construction
Room 130E Noble Library
Tempe campus
linda.shackle@asu.edu
480-965-7601


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Sam Dyal
Engineering and Computing
Room 130D Noble Library
Tempe campus
samuel.dyal@asu.edu
480-965-4388

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Applied Engineering, Business
Room 38 CNTR
Polytechnic campus
mue@asu.edu
480-965-3084  

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