Patent & Trademark Resource Center

USPTO Black innovation and entrepreneurship program
2023 Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program:  Part I February 10, 2023 from 2:00 - 4:30 PM, Part II Tuesday, February 14 from 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM and Part III Friday, February 24 from 2:00-4:30 PM. Register today to attend these empowering events and be inspired by Black entrepreneurs, small business owners and inventors. Sponsored by the USPTO. To see recordings of previous Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs, visit the USPTO's event series page and select the event you want to watch.

 Patent and trademark search demonstrations by appointment only.

Remote appointments are now available using Google Meet.

Please call (631) 360-2480 x 128 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment.

This service is only availble at our Smithtown Building.

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

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
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.
Doing business with the United States Patent and Trademark Office:           How to Become an eFiler Pic 2  Created 7/2020

Customers seeking access and use of the USPTO's Patent Electronic Systems may do so as either non-registered or registered users. The chart below illustrates the difference between these two types of customers. Please view the "How to Become an eFiler" video above. For more information phone The Smithtown Library PTRC 631-360-2480 x128 or the USPTO's Electronic Business Center 1-866-217-9197 (toll-free). 


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International Patents:
In order for an invention to be patentable it must be new to the world, not just the U.S.P.T.O. Below are some 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.
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.
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 one at 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:
Below are sample plant patents that are available at The Smithtown Library Patent and Trademark Resouce Center:
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?
Trademark Basics what you should know before filing.  

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

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.
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 :



I Have an Invention Idea, Now What?  Inventor, public speaker, authro, radio & TV host Brian Fried, also known as "The Inventor Coach," discussed the ins-and-outs of invention success. Then Yianni Mamtsaderis, whose eco-friendly idea started in his kitchen in 2019 and has now per-sold units in all 50 states as well as Canada discussed his journey to invention success. Finally, The Smithtown Library's very own Patent and Trademark Resource Center Representative, William Salas discussed the benefits of the PTRC.  

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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
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 Mr. DeSanto's presentation.
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