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Invention & Patent Resources—Protect and Market Your Ideas

American Patent and Trademark Law Center
Legal information about patents and trademarks to help inventors protecting new ideas and products from patent infringement.

The 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.

Community of Science
Access to the online science community with resources to find funding, showcase work and interact with colleagues.

Copyright Office
Information on copyright registration, law and protection by the Library of Congress.

Discover Games
Marketing resources for toy/game inventors, via memberships and free services.

European Patent Office
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."

Idea Finder
A Web site dedicated to innovative ideas, including new developments, the history of invention and resources.

Invention Help
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.

Invent Resources
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.

Market Launchers
An invention database for buying or selling products, including an online inventors newsletter.

MIT Center for Innovation in Product Development
An MIT program that links academic knowledge with industry partners to research and develop products.

MIT 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

National Inventor Fraud Center, Inc.
A center created to protect inventors from scams through educational resources and useful tips.

Patent Cafe
Information on patents from start to finish, including product evaluation, development and intellectual property resources.

From Patent to Profit
Information and resources about patents from filing to manufacturing and marketing.

Product Design & Development
Web links and resources relating to the content of Ulrich and Eppinger's recent texbook, Product Design and Development.

Source Translation Optimization
Various sources about invalid patents, particularly relating to software.

USPTO Independent Inventors
Streamlined Q&A for independent inventors to assist with patent matters and intellectual property

U.S. 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.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
A comprehensive Web site with information and guidelines on patents and trademarks from the USPTO.


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