Patents document the creation of certain types of intellectual property. They are reviewed and approved by a division of the U.S. Government - the Patent and Trademark Office. Patents have been issued by the U.S. government since 1790 and have evolved over time. Patents register an invention, design, plant, etc. with the government and when granted allow the inventor to exclude others from the production, use, and sale for a period of 20 years (uspto.gov). International patents are also available. This LibGuide provides an overview of resources related to patents.
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This LibGuide is based upon trainings provided by Alfred Mowdood, University of Utah Librarian & Representative to the the U.S. Patent and Trademark Resource Center (USPTRC), and USPTRC staff hosted by the Government Publishing Office.
“This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)”