"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk"
Thomas Alva Edison
Below are a few links that our clients found helpful. The information presented includes the status of U.S. patents and pending applications, patent families, specifics of International patent applications and U.S. examining procedures, and other items. Additionally, some of the links can be used for obtaining copies of U.S. and foreign patents and published patent applications.
USPTO Home page — http://www.uspto.gov/
Searching U.S. patents — http://patft.uspto.gov/
US patent classification — http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/classification/
USPTO Manual of Patent Examining Procedure — http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/index.html
US patents and applications current status — http://portal.uspto.gov/pair/PublicPair
Copies of U.S. patents and published patent applications — https://www.google.com/?tbm=ptsand, http://www.pat2pdf.org/hed
Copies of U.S. and foreign patents and published patent applications, patent families — https://depatisnet.dpma.de/DepatisNet/depatisnet?window=1&space=menu&content=index&action=index
International applications — http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/
Canadian Intellectual Property Office — http://www.cipo.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/Home?OpenDocument
Status of European applications — https://register.epo.org/simpleSearch?lng=en