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Patents and Trademarks

Sources for finding and researching patents and trademarks.

Connect with a legal professional

Tisch librarians are not able to provide legal advice, conduct patent searches for library users, or help fill out application forms. If you are filing for a patent or trademark, an attorney can help you with that process.

Learn about the application process

Overviews from the USPTO will help determine whether your work can be patented or trademarked, explain how to search USPTO databases, and get your application process started. Remember that US patents only protect your intellectual property in the US: if you want your work to be patented in multiple countries, you must apply for a patent in each country separately.

Anyone considering filing for a patent or trademark should perform a due diligence search using official databases and seek advice from a legal professional. More information on the specifics of filing trademark applications is available at the USPTO's Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs). 

Tufts Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration offers information specifically for people at Tufts: