Patent & Trademarck Resource Center


Patent and trademark search demonstrations by appointment only, please call: 631-360-2480 x128


The Smithtown Library is an officially-designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), part of a nationwide library network maintained by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). PTRCs disseminate patent and trademark information and support the public's diverse intellectual property needs. Smithtown Library staff are not able to conduct patent searches and cannot provide legal advice. The Library's staff can, however, assist patrons in performing their own patent searches and with finding and using other research materials.

As a PTRC, The Smithtown Library offers:   
Free access to patent and trademark documents in various formats. Resources for historical patent research.
Access to the PubEAST database for patent searching. Patent searching guides and other reference materials on intellectual property.
Access to the PubWEST database for patent searching. USPTO-trained staff.
Access to Plant Patents in hardcopy format.   Private patent and trademark search demonstrations.
PTRC resources are located in the Smithtown Building only. 
Just getting started with patents?
Here are some useful websites, videos, and tools:

General Information Concerning Patents this guide from the USPTO explains what a patent is and how to get one.

Conducting a Patent Search a 50-minute presentation from the USPTO, explaining how to conduct a patent search and why it is important to be thorough. [Flash is required.]

Here's a shortcut to the USPTO's search page, where you can search patents from 1790-present and published applications from 2001-present. Google Patents can be another place to start.
Looking for an attorney? Click here to search for attorneys and patent agents who are registered to practice before the United States Patent Office.
International Patents:
In order for an invention to be patentable it must be new to the world, not just the U.S. Patent Office. Below are some, not all, international patent office databases where you may search for “prior art”. “Prior art” is the term used for evidence of previous knowledge of an invention.
Patentscope: The PATENTSCOPE database provides access to international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications in full text format on the day of publication, as well as to patent documents of participating national and regional patent offices.
Espacenet: The European Patent Office offers free access to information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to today.
Japan Patent Office: This site also provides access to machine translations of Japanese patents.
Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service: KIPRIS consists of a abasic search function for entry-level users and an advanced search funtion for experienced users. 
IP Australia: IP Australia has a wealth of patent data dating back to the inception of the patent office in 1904. In 2008 we consolidated this information into one search system for Australian patent data - AusPat.
Canadian Intellectual Property Office: This database lets you access 150 years of patent descriptions and images. You can search, retrieve and study more than 2,350,000 patent documents.
*Call today for a patent search demonstration 631-360-2480x128*
Plant Patents: 
A plant patent is granted by the United States government to an inventor who has invented or discovered and asexually reproduced a distinct and new variety of plant, other than a tuber propagted plant or a plant found in an unclutivated state. The grant lasts for 20 years from the date the application was filed. 
Due to differences in computer hardware and software such as scanners, scanning software, browsers and computer monitors, among others, digital images cannot be exactly the same as those on the paper copies. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that you visit a PTRC like The Smithtown Library to research plant patents. The Smithown Library offers official paper copies from PP10,172 - Present. 
If you wish to begin your prelimanry plant patent research digitally before viewing the paper copies, the following organizations are recommended:
USPP28436 Climbing Rose Plant Named BAIPEACESAR          USPP28447 Mandevilla Plant Named LANFLORIDA         USPP28460 Argyrantheumu Plant Named SUN 480           USPP30145 Nectarine Tree Named PEARLICIOUS XX
          PP28,436 Climbing Rose                          PP28,447 Mandevilla                      PP28,460 Argyranthemum Plant            PP30,145 Nectarine Tree Named
          Plant Named 'BAIPEACESAR'                   Plant Named 'LANFLORIDA'          Named 'SUN 480'                                    'PEARLICIOUS XX'
Just getting started with trademarks?
Basic Facts About Trademarks this guide from the USPTO explains what a trademark is and how to get one.

Trademark Information Network the USPTO has created a series of newscast-style videos to help you understand trademarks. Check them out!

Overview of Trademark Law this overview from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University included links to United States Codes as well as case studies.
International Patent Protection links to information at the USPTO site about the Patent Cooperation Treaty, Common Application Format, and more.

Espacenet, search patent documents worldwide from over 72 countries and regions.

WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Intellectual Property Digital Library, search international trademark registrations (Madrid system), international patent applications (PCT), and other databases; access guides, standards, laws, regulations, fees, statistics, FAQs, links, and more.

*Call today for a trademark search demonstration 631-360-2480x128*

Interested in a Domain Name?

Domain names are the “addresses” to websites. The first to pay for the available domain name will receive it. Before you purchase a domain name you should check if the name conflicts with a registered trademark. You may be prevented from using a domain name if the name is similar to and registered as a trademark to a company selling similar goods and services. InterNIC offers public information regarding Internet domain name registration services. Includes a list of approved registrars. This organization oversees the process of approving domain name registrars. Includes a list of approved registrars.

WHOIS - If a domain is taken, you may wish to locate the owner and discuss acquiring the name. For information about who owns a domain name visit: or

What top-level-domain names are availble for my business?  

The .com portion of your domain name is called a top-level-domain TLD. You are not limited to using .com for your business' TLD. To view hundreds of available TLDs visit IANA: Internet Assigned Numbers Authority


Past Events :

Inventing Secrets Revealed
Multi-time inventor, patent holder and author of "Inventing Secrets Revealed" discusses the challenges of moving forward with your invention. 
7 Step
7 Step Federal Trademark Search Strategy 
Trademarks are the words, symbols, phrases or designs that identify and distinguish your business. Learn how to protect your business’ trademark when representatives from the US Patent and Trademark Office demonstrate their strategy for searching the USPTO’s trademark database. Businesses and individuals new to trademarks will also discover the benefits of registering a mark. The Smithtown Library is a designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center. 
7 Step U.S. Patent Search Strategy 
Representatives from the US Patent and Trademark Office will demonstrate the step-by-step process for conducting a preliminary patent search. A patent for an invention is a grant of a property right allowing patent holders to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing their invention. All inventors, tinkerers, entrepreneurs, business owners and students welcome. The Smithtown Library is a designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center.

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PTRC visit to the Denton Ave School in New Hyde Park. 
PTRC Librarian William Salas visits with 2nd graders at the Denton Ave School in New Hyde Park, NY. Mr. Salas discussed patents, trademarks and the importance of intellectual property with the students. The children also shared their knowledge of inventions answering correctly that Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. President to have received a patent, Patent #6949. Click here to view the presentation
 Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club of Suffolk County 
The Smithtown Libary hosted the Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club of Suffolk County's October meeting on Tuesday, October 20 at the Smithtown Building. Speakers included IESuffolk president and multi-time inventor Brian Fried, Patent and Trademark Resource Center Librarian William Salas and Matt DeSanto of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Long time IESuffolk members and new comers alike were treated to enlightening discussions regarding intellectual property basics, best practices for new inventors and the availability of resources at The Smithtown Libray and beyond. Click here to view Matt DeSanto's presentation. Click here to view Mr. DeSanto's presentation.
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