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Copyright and Intellectual Property: Patents & Trademarks
This guide serves as an introduction to copyright resources and best practices. It is not meant as legal advice.
A patent is an agreement between an inventor and the public, represented by the federal government: in return for a full public disclosure of the invention the inventor is granted the right for a fixed period of time to exclude others from making, using, or selling the defined invention in the U.S.
What is a trademark?
A trademark is a word, phrase, logo or other graphic symbol used by a manufacturer or seller to distinguish its product or products from those of others.
Garner, B. A., & Black, H. C. (2009). Black's law dictionary (9th ed.). St. Paul, MN: West.
CPC is the result of a partnership between the EPO and the USPTO in their joint effort to develop a common, internationally compatible classification system for technical documents, in particular patent publications, which will be used by both offices in the patent granting process.
The Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) effort is a joint partnership between the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) where the Offices have agreed to harmonize their existing classification systems (European Classification (ECLA) and United States Patent Classification (USPC) respectively) and migrate towards a common classification scheme.
Provides access to full text documents from a wide variety of news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications. Find a patent by patent number, inventor, assignee or patent title. Also search European and Japanese patents.
Fully-integrated, comprehensive, web-based resource for chemical and related scientific information Provides information on major chemical patents across the globe. Select Patent under References on the search screen. Or you can search by keyword and filter the document type to Patent.