Patent Research Toolkit

Patent Research Toolkit

These resources will help you research your ancestors' inventions.
 

Organizations

?Library of Congress Copyright Office

101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20559, (202) 707-6850, <www.loc.gov>

? Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries

<www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/ptdl/ptdlib_1.html>: Find the repository nearest you in this state-by-state list.

?US Patent and Trademark Office

2021 S. Clark Place, Crystal Plaza 3, Room 1A101, Arlington, VA 22202, (703) 305-4463, <www.uspto.gov>

Books

? The Evolution of Useful Things by Henry Petroski (Vintage Books)

? A History of the Early Patent Offices: The Patent Office Pony by Kenneth W. Dobyns (Sergeant Kirkland’s)

? Patently Female by Ethlie Ann Vare and Greg Ptacek (John Wiley &, Sons)

? Peculiar Patents: A Collection of Unusual and Interesting Inventions from the Files of the U.S. Patent Office by Rick Feinberg (Citadel Press)

Web Sites

? American Society of Appraisers

<www.appraisers.org>: Search for an appraiser to evaluate your antique device or locate an ancestor’s invention.

? Micropatent

<www.micropatent.com>: Paid subscribers can search this Web database of US patents since 1836.

? National Inventors Hall of Fame

<www.invent.org>: Look at inventors and inventions through the ages.

? Rothschild/Petersen Patent Model Museum

<www.patentmodel.org>: Get a taste of patent-model history and peek at some of the museum’s 4,000 patent models.

? Smithsonian Institution Patent Models

<www.smithsonianlegacies.si.edu/category. cfm?c3tegory=Patent%20Models>: You can peruse more early patent models here.

? Thomson-Delphion

<www2.delphion.com>: Register free to access this online database of US and international patents.

? USPAT.COM

<www.mall-usa.com/orderformg.html>: This site offers affordable Internet searches based on your ancestor’s name, the type of invention or even a snapshot.
 
From the April 2004 Family Tree Magazine.

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