The United States Patent and Trademark Office, an agency within the Department of Commerce, maintains a comprehensive website for information about intellectual property including registration (with the exception of copyright, which is under the jurisdiction of the United States Copyright Office, a department of the Library of Congress).
The Site Index, Site Search, and FAQ sections aid general navigation of this massive site. Specific sections of interest include:
- Online Services: provides business owners with a portal to frequently-accessed information on filing and searching patents and trademarks.
- Inventors Resources: provides inventors who are seeking intellectual property protection with quick access to information and publications of interest.
- Patent & Trademark Resource Centers: provides information about the program in which libraries receive copies of patents and related materials, and lists participating libraries across the U.S.
- Products & Services: includes statistical reports as well as other PTO publications