Welcome to the University Libraries Guide on Patent and Trademarks. The UL currently participates in the federal Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program. Most of the resources you will need to begin your patent or trademark research is available online. By following the links found on this page many of your questions regarding the application process should be answered.
Also included on this page are links to resources regarding Intellectual Property, international patent or trademark searching, and other useful resources.
Before Searching Patents
If you are doing a patent search for the first time, it pays to do a complete search by using the class/subclases as opposed to simple keyword searching. I recommend reviewing these tutorials before you begin your own patent search.
Patents and Trademarks
The University of New Mexico is the Patent and Trademark Depository for the state of New Mexico. We can provide you with instruction as to how to perform a search* in the patent and trademark databases in order to determine that your idea, process or design is unique. We are not premitted to assist in the application process, nor provide any legal advice. If this is your first time attempting to apply for a patent or trademark we encourage you to read though the various links on the Guide. Should you have questions or require further assistance please contact Dan Barkley at Zimmerman Library, 505.277.7180.
*Disclaimer: PTDLs are neither required nor encouraged to conduct patent and trademark searches for their patrons as that activity may be interpreted as rendering a judgment or opinion. PTDLs are required to instruct patrons in the use of the search tools available at the PTDLs for patrons conducting their own patent and trademark searches.