The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) grew out of the Patent Office, formerly part of the Department of the Interior. It was transferred to the Department of Commerce in 1925. The purpose of the USPTO is to handle the registration of patents (utility, design, or plants) and trademarks (slogans, logos, etc.) (copyright is handled by the Copyright Office, part of the Library of Congress).
Government Documents holds a small collection of USPTO publications, guides, and manuals. Because the Hawaii State Library is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center, we usually refer users there for assistance with patent or trademark searching and other information. Our holdings include:
Official gazette of United States Patent Office: patents (microfilm/microfiche kept in Microforms Room)
Official gazette of United States Patent Office: trademarks (microfilm/microfiche kept in Microforms Room)
Most patent and trademark databases, forms, and information are available online. More information is available at the USPTO web site.