Secretary Daley to Announce Free Internet Access to 20 Million Pages of U.S. Patent and Trademark Data

Press Release

Brigid Quinn/Maria Victoria Hernandez

The secretary of commerce, William M. Daley, will unveil a new Internet database containing text and images of 2 million patents and over 1 million registered and pending trademarks. This fully searchable database is available at, which is the Web site of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). The patent information contains the text and images of all patents dating back to 1976. The trademark data represents all pending and registered trademarks dating back to the mid-1800s. The more than 20 million document pages in the database comprise two terabytes of modern-day science and technology, and more than 100 years of marketing creativity. Secretary Daley will be joined by inventors doing work in cancer research and in computer software. Patents issued to these inventors will be used to demonstrate database search capabilities.

Event: Announcement and demonstration of searchable text and images of patent and trademark database on PTO's website.
Host: U.S. Secretary of Commerce William M. Daley
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 1999
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 4830, Washington, DC