Patent and Trademark Resource Center

The Patent and Trademark Resource Center, located on the second floor of Minneapolis Central Library, provides access to powerful search tools for researching patents and trademarks, as well as a collection of reference materials and guides. It is the only patent and trademark resource center in Minnesota.

Expert staff offer programs and assistance on navigating patenting and trademarking processes. Resources and services are provided for both general interest as well as small business owners and inventors.


Search tools

Patent search tools

Accessible only at Minneapolis Central Library, 2nd floor. Public access to search full-text patent and application databases for the U.S., with abstracts for Japanese and European patents.

PubEAST (Examiner's Automated Search Tool) and PubWEST (Web-based Examiner's Search Tool) are both available.


Patent events

Learn the basics of intellectual property, the patent process and how to do a preliminary patent search.

View events

Video overview

A librarian interviews an inventor who used this collection to save time and money.

View the transcript of the "Patent and Trademark Collection" video