Useful patent websites

Patent office websites will give information about the organisation, and usually facility to  and access the . In addition there are other websites that provide more information.

National Patent Office websites
Title Web Address and Description
UK Patent office (Intellectual Property Office) Organisation responsible for Intellectual Property (Copyright, Designs, Patents and Trade Marks) in the UK
European Patent Office 

News and information about the organisation. Esp@cenet is the main way to search for patents from any European country (including UK).

US Patent & Trademark Office  The USPO has details of American Patents and Trademarks, along with a facility to search US patents.
Japanese Patent Office  Information about patent, design and trademark law along with an Industrial property database.
World Intellectual Property Organization  Information about the organisation and its services. Also see their IP gateway WIPO Gold and database Patentscope.


Other useful patent websites
Title Web Address and Description
GB Patents Status Enquiry  Check the current status of a UK patent.
British Library links page  A comprehensive listing of sites relating to every aspect of patents and other intellectual property.
IPR Helpdesk  Interlectual property website funded by the European Union with useful advice and tutorials.
Mayall's IP Links  More useful links and information.