Patent Information

1. University of NH School of Law- Basic IP Information & Much More

Professor Thomas G. Field, Jr. clearly explains patent basics for artists, independent inventors, Internet authors and artists, programmers, and small business owners. Publications include:

 AAvoiding Patent, Trademark and Copyright Problems

 B. Seeking Cost Effective Patents

Clear, practical advice on:

• Evaluating Potential Profitability
• Controlling Patent Costs in the Face of Market Uncertainty
• Preparing Applications, Seeking Assignees
• Prosecuting, Maintaining & Enforcing Patents

2. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:

A. Patent Office News 2/21/2011 – Unfortunately, the Patent Office is in need of modernization to improve their systems. This problem combined with the fact that applications are getting more complex and the sheer number of applications is growing quickly has created a big back log. In all, 1.2 million applications are pending and applications can sit for years before being reviewed. Read the full article at the NY Times

B. General Patent Information: The Patent and Trademark Office in Washington D. C. has a vast amount of information written for inventors explaining, for example:

• What is a patent?
• Who can apply for a patent?
• What can be patented?

C. Frequently Asked Questions

3. Blog with articles including:

blog Is It First Inventor to File or First Inventor to Disclose?


4. Use Google to Search Patents

Search over 7 million patents here!

5. Official List of Registered Patent Attorneys and Agents


The Patent and Trademark Office maintains a list of attorneys who have passed a special exam in the area of patent law. You will find Walter Tencza, Jr. in the listing

6. Lemelson- MIT Inventor’s Handbook

Covers many areas starting with “What is Intellectual Property”, “How Can I conduct a Patent Search”, “How do I license my Invention” and more


7. European Patent Office