Patent Searching, Part I


The class covers preliminary U.S. patent searching using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Public Search and

This class is best taken following an Intellectual Property Basics course.

Patent Searching is taught every four weeks at the same time.

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

Attendees should have basic mastery of keyboard/mouse skills and familiarity with Internet browsing and searching to best appreciate and benefit from the course.

The instructor suggests that attendees follow along in real time using the search tools.


Independent inventors in the community. This course is free and open to the public.

Rice students, staff and faculty.

(Academic patent researchers can contact the Kelley Center at to discuss alternative class arrangements.)


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

  • It is your responsibility to notify the instructor if you will no longer be able to attend.
  • If you miss a course without notifying staff by the day of the course, your registration for all future courses will be canceled.


There is no charge. 


Online via Zoom. Links will be sent to registered participants about an hour in advance.


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Online via Zoom. Links will be sent to registrants about an hour in advance.
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Some short courses are offered multiple times each semester, please enter the course date/time you wish to register.
Rice Affiliation
* Denotes that Friends of Fondren Library membership is required for classes offered by the GIS/Data Center and Digital Media Commons. Government Information classes like Patents and Trademarks, Census and Microforms do not require a membership.