Friday, 17 April 2009

PATENT AND TRADE MARK SEARCHING

Searching – An Important First Step

If you are considering applying for a Patent or a Trade mark it is essential that you do some initial searching. This can save you a lot of time and money further along the line!

Business and Patent Information Services provides access and advice on free search tools. We also carry out low cost Patent and Trade mark searches on your behalf.

If you wish to complete your own search you may find the following websites a useful starting point:

Our own website-
http://www.businessandpatents.org

The largest patent database on the web-
http://ep.espacenet.com/

The British Library guide to Intellectual Property -http://www.bl.uk/bipc/resources.html

The US Patent Office website-http://www.uspto.gov./

The UK Intellectual Property Office Trade mark database- http://www.ipo.gov.uk/tm/t-find/t-find-text/

If you don’t find anything after searching these website please do not assume that there is nothing there. Even if you are experienced in using the internet it is often difficult to construct an effective search if you are unfamiliar with patents. It is advisable to seek guidance from a Patent Library, The Patent Office or a Patent Agent.

BUSINESS AND PATENT INFORMATION SERVICES
2nd Floor, Central Library
Calverley Street
Leeds LS1 3AB
t. 0113 2478266
f. 0113 2478268
Email piu@leeds.gov.uk
http://www.businessandpatents.org