Patent Searching

Patents & Trademarks

Please watch this video before the class:

How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search: A Step by Step Strategy - Web Based Tutorial (38 minutes) Adobe Flash required.



The class covers preliminary U.S. patent searching using the online resources from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Note: The scope of the class does not include trademark searching.


Independent inventors in the community.

Rice students, staff and faculty.

(Academic patent researchers can contact Fondren Library <> to discuss alternative class arrangements.)


Advance registration is required. Please register online. If you need to cancel your reservation, please  sending an email to, so people on the waiting list can take the class.


There is no charge for remote training. 


During COVID-19 closure, this class will meet virtually via Zoom.



Dates for this Short Course

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Zoom. Registration will be closed one day before the workshop. Zoom meeting link, ID and password will be emailed one day before the workshop if you register. Please indicate which date of class you are registering for.