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Intellectual Property for MAE 480 (WVU Tech): Library Patent Resources

Created for Professor Zabihian's class as part of the ILCEP grant

Library Databases

Use the following databases for searching older patents for WVU Patrons.  19th Century Masterfile is an index from 1790-1873.  LexisNexis has used an OCR program to create fulltext files for older patents.  Letters in older handwriting sometimes are recognized as different letters.  Often the first intial of first name proceeds the last name.


The PTRCA is the professional organization for Patent and Trademark Resource Center Librarians.

The Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association (PTRCA) has Historical Patent and Trademark Databases available in Excel format.  They were orginally created by Jim Shaw and supplemented by various librarians.  Additionally, there are links to Haithi Trust fulltext indexes.


The following books are available in the Patent Area on the 1st floor of the Evansdale Library.  These are for in-library use only.


Wide Selection of Nolo Press Titles including

Patent It Yourself, 17th ed.  KF3114.85 .P74 2014

Patent, Copyright & Trademark  KF2980.E44 2014

Nolo's Patents for Beginners KF3114.85 .P737 2012

Patent Pending in 24 Hours  KF3120 .Z9 S75 2013

Profit from Your Idea  KF3145.Z9S75 2010

Trademark:  legal care for your business & product name  KF3180.Z9E43 2013

Nondisclosure Agreements  KF3197.Z9S75 2001

UPSTO Manuals

Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)  KF3120.A39 8th ed.rev. 2010  available online and searchable

Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) T223.V15 2007  available online

Other Books

The Inventor's Bible  HF5415.I53 .D63 2004

Black's Law Dictionary KF 156.B53 2004



Patent & Trademark Librarian

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Marian Armour-Gemmen
Evansdale Library