A customer approached the Reference Desk requesting information on patents and what the process is to apply for or obtain a patent. In addition to the patent process, she was interested in the differences between patents, trademarks, and copyright and requested books and guidelines for her research.
Searching the library catalog was the first step to locate books. By doing a Keyword search for "patent" a variety of resources and results on the subject were found and the customer selected the book Patent It Yourself : Your Step-by-Step Guide to Filing at the U.S. Patent Office by David Pressman.
By narrowing down the search strategy in the catalog, the terms "Trademark" and "Copyright" were added and combined with the term "Patent". The customer selected an additional book Patent, Copyright & Trademark an Intellectual Property Desk Reference by Richard Stim.
For guidelines and additional resources, I referred the customer to the U.S Government resources and selected The Department of Commerce and then linked to the U.S Patent & Trademark Office website, aka USPTO.gov. Searching the USPTO website for the Patent Process, there was precise information to conclude the search including forms, laws, regulations, contact, and other useful data. By additional search on USPTO.gov for The Patent Trademark and Copyright, the customer was extremely satisfied with the information listed and how in depth was it. The USPTO.gov website also referred researchers to the U.S Copyright Office for additional information.
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