Patents and Trademarks

Evansdale Library is the only Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in the state of West Virginia. On December 2, 1991, Evansdale Library was designated a U.S. Patent and Trademark Depository Library. As a PTRC, the library receives current copies of U.S. Plant Patents, provides access to USPTO patent and trademark databases including the specialized PubWEST and PubEAST databases. All the tools necessary to perform a preliminary patent or trademark search are available in the library. The patent and trademark librarian, Marian Armour-Gemmen, provides reference assistance throughout the state and teaches users how to search patent and trademark databases.

The PubWEST and PubEAST databases are available by appointment with Marian Armour-Gemmen, the patent and trademark librarian, by calling (304) 293-9758 or sending an e-mail to marmour@wvu.edu.

Other formats include:

CASSIS database discs are at the library depository and include:

USAPAT      Utility, Design and Plant Patents 1790-present
USAApp      Patent Application files 2001- present
USAMark     Trademarks issued 1870-present

Hours

All Patent and Trademark resources may be accessed during regular Evansdale library hours.

Printing and Copying

On-site printing and copying is available. Please see the printing information on the Printing, Copying, & Scanning page.

Services and Disclaimer

The Evansdale Library reference staff are available to provide assistance with your search. However, they are not permitted to interpret intellectual property law or offer legal advice. Services provided by West Virginia University and its employees are of an advisory nature only with no express or implied warranty for results. West Virginia University assumes no obligation or liability for damage arising from the use or inability to use the information provided.

Contact

If you have questions about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Resource Center, contact: Marian Armour-Gemmen at: marmour@wvu.edu or (304) 293-9758.

Websites

U.S. Patents

Patent Search Tutorial

Patent Search Tutorial - A tutorial from Penn State University Libraries to help you understand the process and procedure in searching patents.

Foreign Patents

Trademarks

  • USPTO Trademark Electronic Search System(Tess) - Provides an interface to search the existing trademark application and registration information.
  • USPTO Trademarks Main Page -
  • Madrid Protocol - Links to FAQs, procedures and guides, laws and rules about the Madrid Protocol which is an international treaty that allows a trademark owner to seek registration in any of the countries that have joined the Madrid Protocol by filing a single application, called an "international application." The International Bureau of the World Property Intellectual Organization , in Geneva, Switzerland administers the international registration system.
  • WV Secretary of State Trademarks & Service Marks - Provides information on Protecting A Mark in West Virginia including registration, searches and forms and fees.

Legal Resources

  • Patent Attorneys and Agents: Listing by Geographic Region - Contact information for attorneys and agents with licenses to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Consolidated Patents Laws - The latest published version of the patent laws. Acrobat Reader needed. Title 35 of the United States Code and parts of Title 18.
  • Consolidated Patent Rules - The latest published version of the patent rules. Acrobat Reader needed. Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations--Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights.
  • U.S. Trademark Law - Rules of Practice (Title 37 Code of Federal Regulations) and Federal Statutes (15 United States Code and 35 USC).
  • Copyright Law and Policy U.S. - Links to Copyright Law, Federal Register Notices, Regulations, Fair Use and other law related materials.
  • KuesterLaw - Intended to be the most comprehensive resource on the Internet for technology law information.

Inventors and Inventing

Copyrights

  • United States Copyright Office - A complete set of copyright forms and circulars is available for downloading. Copyright office records from 1978 to the present.

Vessel Hull Designs

  • Registration of Vessel Hull Designs - The Vessel Hull Design Protection Act grants an owner of an original vessel hull design certain exclusive rights provided that application for registration of the design with the Copyright Office is made within two years of the design being made public. This page from the U.S. Copytight Office provides an explanation and links to forms needed.
  • Vessel Hull Registrations - The Copyright Office publishes the registration of vessel hull designs on this web page, listing all registrations in reverse chronological order. Information from the certificate of registration, including the make and model of the vessel that embodies the design ("Title"), the type or style of design ("Design"), the Designers, the Owner, and the Registration Number, are provided for each registration. You may also view the certificate of registration itself, which includes the drawings or photographs that accompanied the application, by clicking on the corresponding registration number.
  • Design Patents and Vessel Hull Design Copyrights The USPTO provides an explanation of the difference between Vessel Hull Design Copyrights and Design Patents and a link to searching Design Patents.