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Patent and Trademark Law Center
Legal information about patents and trademarks to help inventors
protecting new ideas and products from patent infringement.
Canadian Industrial Innovation Centre
An organization dedicated to assisting Canadian inventors
and innovative companies with services such as invention evaluation,
technology due diligence, market research and education programs.
Access to the online science community with resources to find
funding, showcase work and interact with colleagues.
Information on copyright registration, law and protection
by the Library of Congress.
Marketing resources for toy/game inventors, via memberships
and free services.
The patent granting authority for Europe; it provides tools
for patent applicants, including a patent search program and
current updates on official and legal patent information.
FREE—Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
The recently redesigned Web site provides a large collection of teaching and learning resources supported by the U.S. federal government. Users may search through the database of resources to access Web sites from federal agencies such as the Library of Congress, the U.S. Courts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Free Patents Online
This Web site provides the full text of U.S. patents from #4,000,000
(circa 1974) to the present. The database is extremely user-friendly and
allows visitors to download free PDF files of patent images. It also has
a "Crazy Patents" page with quirky and eccentric listings ranging from
"method of exercising a cat" to a "motorized ice cream cone."
A Web site dedicated to innovative ideas, including new developments,
the history of invention and resources.
Invention Help provides information on the process and steps of invention for the nascent inventor. Beginning with special creative techniques to switch on the creative genius, this site also offers important advice through the selling or licensing processes.
An organization that provides guidance on intellectual property,
patents and product development.
The Inventor's Network guide for independent inventors to
develop and market their inventions.
An invention database for buying or selling products, including
an online inventors newsletter.
for Innovation in Product Development
An MIT program that links academic knowledge with industry
partners to research and develop products.
Technology Licensing Office
MIT source for patenting, licensing, trademarking and
copyrighting of intellectual property developed at MIT
The NASA SciFiles
Invention games, experiments and brain-teasers for kids from the NASA SciFiles
Inventor Fraud Center, Inc.
A center created to protect inventors from scams through educational
resources and useful tips.
Information on patents from start to finish, including product
evaluation, development and intellectual property resources.
Patent to Profit
Information and resources about patents from filing to manufacturing
Design & Development
Web links and resources relating to the content of Ulrich
and Eppinger's recent texbook, Product Design and Development.
Various sources about invalid patents, particularly relating
USPTO Independent Inventors
Streamlined Q&A for independent inventors to assist with patent matters and intellectual property
Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program
A nationwide network of public, state and academic libraries
designated as Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries that
house patent and trademark materials.
and Trademark Office
A comprehensive Web site with information and guidelines on
patents and trademarks from the USPTO.
The Lemelson-MIT Program does not endorse
any of the Web sites listed within our Links & Resources Archives.