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Government Documents - Department of Commerce: Patent and Trademark Office

Guide to Department of Commerce and its subsidiary agencies. Our holdings cover a wide range of topics including trade, demographics, climate, fisheries, marine science, and many others.

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 the United States Patent Office

Listing of decisions of the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, design and utility patents granted, trademarks granted, and an index to patents and patent grantees.

Official gazette of United States Patent Office: patents (MICROFILM S50064/microfiche kept in Microforms Room)

Official gazette of United States Patent Office: trademarks (MICROFILM S50065/microfiche kept in Microforms Room)

The full run of gazettes for patents and trademarks is also available in the HeinOnline Intellectual Property Law Collection (UHM login required).

Most patent and trademark databases, forms, and information are available online. More information is available at the USPTO website.

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