Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 14

Ryan-Matura Library at Sacred Heart University is a designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  As such, the library provides access at the library to advanced searching through PubWEST (Web-based Examiner Search Tool) and PubEAST (Examiner's Automated Search Tool).  These go beyond the content and search tools available on the USPTO web site, for example pre-grant publications, foreign patent images, and abstracts from the European Patent Office and Japanese Patent Office.

USPTO patent examiners review many sources to determine patentability, including foreign patents (see Manual of Patent Examining Procedure). The PTRC resources, together with other information about the state of the art are part of a preliminary self-directed patent search of interest to inventors, businesses, and researchers. 

Contact Libby Knapik ((203) 365-4816) and Barbara Hampton (203-365-4842), the lead librarians for the PTRC (e-mail ptrc@sacredheart.edu), to schedule a consultation and training in the specialized search tools available through the PTRC. There is a link to our online scheduling tool for consultations on the "PTRC Basics" page of our "Patents and Trademarks" LibGuide (see link below). You can also review information about patents and trademarks there.

To use the PTRC dedicated terminal, you can use the  "Schedule PTRC Search Session" link at the bottom of the "Advanced Searching" page in the LibGuide, or speak to one of the PTRC librarians. These search sessions can immediately follow your research and training consultation with the PTRC librarian, if your schedule permits sufficient time on the same day.

Viewing and understanding foreign patents requires access to the patent databases of various nations, knowledge of each nation's patent law system, and fluency in the native language of the patent (or access to a skilled patent translator) and the applicable laws of that nation. Links to some patent databases maintained by other governmental authorities with some English-language access can be found on the "Global IP" page of our Patents and Trademarks LibGuide (see link below). However, we do not provide translation services or consultations on foreign patent law.

Recognizing that intellectual property research is a complex endeavor with important legal and financial implications, our services are designed to support the individual or corporate/legal researcher's efforts to conduct self-directed and preliminary research.

Library staff cannot offer legal advice, conduct searches, assist in writing applications, guarantee completeness of searches, or advise on ideas. All final research, regarding intellectual property determinations, should be done in consultation with proper intellectual property legal professionals. 

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