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Patents and Trademarks


The purpose of this guide is to help you find information about the various types of intellectual property. What is intellectual property? The United States Patent and Trademark Office defines it as: "Creations of the mind - creative works or ideas embodied in a form that can be shared or can enable others to recreate, emulate, or manufacture them."

There are four main ways to protect intellectual property - patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. Click on the tabs at the left for more information. In addition, other published guides are linked in "Related Guides" below.


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R.M. Cooper Library at Clemson University is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

As a PTRC, we receive a variety of patent and trademark searching tools. The Library is open to the public, and there is no charge to use the materials.

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