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Patent and Trademark Resource Center: U.S. Patents

Patent Resources and Assistance

Free Databases

Databases freely available on the open web.

In-House Databases

Pub-EAST and Pub-WEST are available to the public, but only for in-library use. They are provided free-of-charge courtesy of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as part of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program. Contact us to make an appointment or to reserve the workstation. To schedule an appointment, call 207.581.1697 or email

Licensed Databases

You must be a University of Maine student, faculty or staff member to access these databases.

Database Directories

The above are but a few of the patent search systems available on the internet today. The following sites provide exhaustive lists of patent search systems, both free and fee-based, along with descriptions and reviews.

Official Gazette for Patents

The Official Gazette for Patents is available online from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the most recent 52 issues. It may be browsed by patentee, geographic location, classification or type of patent (i.e. utility, design, or plant).  For each patent displayed, you may click the "Full Text" button in the upper left corner to retrieve the full text of the patent from the USPTO Full Text database. Prior issues of the Gazette, back to 2002, are available online from Reed Tech. Issue prior to 2002 are available on microfiche and/or CD-ROM at the Orono PTRC.

USPTO Resources 

Guides and Workbooks

Additional Online Resources

Quick Start Guides

Inventor Assistance Center

Application Assistance Unit

American Invents Act Contact Center

Fogler Library Collection

USPTO Resources

Patent Database

Digital Images of Plant Patents

Miscellaneous Additional Resources

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