Due to current situation, the Georgia Tech PTRC is providing virtual patent and trademark consultation and training to students, researchers, faculty, and staff affiliated with Georgia Tech as well as inventors/entrepreneurs from the public. Please call or email to set up a virtual appointment (Email: GTPTRC@library.gatech.edu; Phone: 404-894-4500).
The Georgia Tech Library has been the Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) - formerly Patent & Trademark Depository Library (PTDL) since 1946 and we have all available patents issued in the U.S. since 1790 on file together with additional search tools. Though we are not permitted to do any of the application procedures for you nor to give you legal advice, we can help you make your search of the patent and trademark databases more efficient. We can instruct you in the use of the search tools available at the Library for you to conduct your own patent and trademark searches.
If you are new to patents, check this page. for an overview of patent process, and watch this updated USPTO's training video on patent search strategy: How to conduct a preliminary U.S. patent search. For your convenience, you may also download a PDF copy of the Seven Step Strategy here.
Additional tutorials can be found under the Online Tutorials tab.
Free patent search classes are offered each month. Please check the left column for updates and registration information.
If you need to use USPTO's PubEAST/PubWEST systems for patent searching, please make an appointment first.
Individual or group consultation and training can be arranged by appointment based on availability. To make an appointment, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or call: 404-385-7185.
For immediate assistance, please call the Georgia Tech Library Services Desk at 404-894-4500.
For legal assistance, please contact a registered patent attorney or agent .
You may also contact Georgia Patents for possible Pro Bono services if qualified. A training certificate from the USPTO may be required before obtaining such services. You may access the training video here.
Disclaimer: Library staff cannot offer legal advice, perform a patent search, assist in writing a patent application, or warrant the completeness of a patentability search.