Here are some helpful books about patents from our own collection:
United States Patent and Trademark Office
"The official site of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Learn about the application process; search USPTO patent and trademark databases; download and print forms and fee schedules, get USPTO updates, and more."
General Information Concerning Patents
"This page offers comprehensive general patent information, including definitions of the different types of intellectual property; description of the patent application process, information about the Patents and Trademarks Depository Library Program, and a searchable database of USPTO-certified patent attorneys."
Science, Industry and Business Library: New York Public Library Patents and Trademarks http://www.nypl.org/research/sibl/pattrade/tradepat/tradepathome.htm
"Contains a detailed list of the library's holdings of U.S. and international patents. The collection includes full-text patents from the European Patent Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization, Japan, Canada and selected European countries. Gazettes from over 30 countries are also available."
University of Central Florida Libraries: Patents
"Patent searching tutorial and other patent-related links from the University of Central Florida."
Patent Searching: Tutorial and Guide to Online Resources and Information
"Interactive tutorial gives you firsthand experience with creating a search strategy and conducting a search of the United States Patents and Trademarks Office's databases."
USPTO: Patent Full-Text and Full-Page Image Databases
"PatFT contains the full-text of over 3,000,000 patents from 1976 to the present, plus limited bibliographic data for over 4,000,000 patents from 1790 to 1975, with links to the Web Patent Full-Page Images Database (PatImg). AppFT contains all Published Applications from March 15, 2001 through the present week."
Google Patent Search
"Provides user-friendly searching of full-text patents from the 1790's to 2006. Does not include patent applications, U.S. patents issued since mid-2006, or international patents."
Delphion Intellectual Property Network
"Free registration on this commercial site enables you to perform quick searches of the U.S. granted patent bibliographies, patent number searching of the worldwide collections, and bulk downloading of PDFs and TIFFs on a pay-per-use basis."
Esp@cenet: Europe's Network of Patent Databases
"Search patents from the European Patent Office's member states via quick search, advanced search, number search, or classification search. Beginners will benefit from the e-learning modules found on the Getting Started page. Esp@cenet is available in English, French, German, and Japanese."
International Patent Applications
"Search over one million international patent applications published in accord with the Patent Cooperation Treaty, available from 1978 to the present."