Patent and Trademark Resource Center
The Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at Texas A&M University is located in the R.C. Barclay Reference and Retailing Resources Center on the first floor of the West Campus Business Library. The Patent and Trademark Resource Center provides access to:
- PubWEST - The public version of the database used by patent examiners, which features superior search functionality and contains:
- All U.S. patents issued since 1790. All patents exist in image format; patents issued since 1976 are also in HTML format
- Patent applications published since March 2001
- The Classification and Search Support Information System (CASSIS) - Which provides access to:
- Images of all U.S. patents on disc through USAPat
- Images of published patent applications on disc through USAApp
- Images of registered and pending trademarks through USAMark
- A complete set of U.S. Plant Patents on microfiche and in hard copy.
- Patent and trademark reference resources.
While PTRC staff do not conduct patent searches, we can provide instruction on the search process to individuals, groups and classes. Appointments are recommended. To make an appointment or to learn more, please call (979) 845-2111.
Program History and Mission
The Patent and Trademark Resource Center was established in 1871 to make printed patents available to the American public. Today, the overwhelming majority of patent and trademark information is available electronically and the mission of making it easier to find is carried on by a network of 81 academic, public, state and special libraries across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. There are six PTRCs in Texas. The Texas A&M University Libraries have participated in the PTRC Program since December 22, 1983.
Intellectual Property Disclaimer
Texas A&M University Libraries reference staff assistance with patent and trademark searches will extend no further than providing instruction in the use of various patent and trademark search tools available in the division. Please note that the library staff is strictly prohibited from interpreting intellectual property law, offering legal advice or opinions, performing patentability and trademark searches for users, or providing advice on how to file a patent or trademark application. Users shall not infer from any assistance provided by the reference staff any conclusion concerning the patentability of any invention or design or the validity of any trademark. Furthermore, the reference staff is not permitted to provide opinions on the effectiveness of a searcher's efforts to identify a field of search, nor may they give advice or opinion pertaining to the specifics of the technology the searcher is examining.
All patent and trademark searches done in Texas A&M University Libraries are preliminary, not exhaustive. Many other steps are required to perform an exhaustive search, such as the examination of foreign and international patent documents and the review of scientific literature. In the case of trademark searches, exhaustive literature searches need to be done on both compact disc and online databases. Again, as with patent searches, the types of searches done at Texas A&M University Libraries are preliminary, not exhaustive. Users who wish further assistance will be directed to listings for registered patent attorneys and agents who have specialized knowledge and experience in predicting patentability and/or the ability of term and/or slogan to be trademarked.
Approved by the Texas A&M University System Legal Counsel for use by the College Station Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC),
September 8, 1995, Updated November 27, 2002.