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Patents Research Guide


This guide provides an introduction to some of the resources available for finding patents. Nothing in this guide should be taken as legal advice.

If you are an MSU faculty, staff, or student who needs information on applying for a patent, please visit MSU's Office of Technology Management.

Patent Databases

Access to some of the resources below are restricted to current MSU faculty, staff, and students.

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Mississippi Library Commission

  • "The Mississippi Library Commission was designated as an official Patent & Trademark Depository Library (PTDL) in 1990 by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office. A wide variety of services are provided from extensive holdings of patent & trademark resources. While the primary users are inventors, attorneys, and researchers. the services are open to the general public."

Featured Patent

Click the image below to view U.S. Patent 821393, issued to the Wright Brothers for their "Flying Machine."

Page 1 of Wright Brothers' Patent