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Patent Searching @ Pitt: Where to go for In-Depth Help

This guide is for members of the Pitt community who need a starting point for finding patent information.

Why Won't the Librarian Give me a Straight Answer?

If you ask a librarian to help you with patent information and the librarian seems aloof, it's not because we don't want to help you.

The truth is that patents are complicated legal documents, and librarians must be very careful to not provide legal advice.  (Believe me, you wouldn't want legal advice from most of us!) 

When it comes to patents, a librarian can help you learn to use the search tools and direct you to information resources.  But when it's time to interpret the actual content of a patent document, we'll leave that to you or your attorney.

If you have a question about the limitations of library information service, please feel free to ask.

Western PA Patent and Trademark Resource Center


The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center.  This means that they offer computers, print resources, and information services supporting patent searching. 

Visit the Carnegie's Reference Services Department to access a complete collection of US patents.  Reference Librarians can assist visitors in the use of various serach tools; please keep in mind that librarians cannot perform patent searches or offer any legal advice.

The Carnegie Library is not affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh.  However, their collections and services are free and open to the public.

So Who Can Give Me Advice?

If you decide to seek professional assistance, follow this link to a directory of attorneys and patent agents registered with the USPTO.

Liaison Librarian

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LaMonica Wiggins
She, Her, Hers
405 Hillman Library
Subjects: Business, Economics