Patents and trademarks are legal instruments and applying for either is a matter of law. As librarians, as opposed to attorneys, we are not able to provide any legal advice.

What we CAN do:

  • Explain the application process
  • Teach you how to do a patent or trademark search
  • Help you find answers to search strategy questions
  • Show you a directory of local attorneys who are licensed to practice before the USPTO

What we CANNOT do:

  • Do a patent or trademark search for you
  • Submit or process an application for you
  • Give you advice about your search or your application