Using the Public Search Facility

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Public Search Facility (PSF) contains electronic, print, and microfilm collections of patents and trademarks. Librarians and other USPTO trained staff are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to help you find the information you need and provide technical and searching assistance. 

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View of the front section of the Public Search Facility, showing a balcony with inventors' signatures and stacks of bound trademarks.

Digital searches

State-of-the-art computer workstations provide automated searching of patents and trademarks information and can be accessed by establishing a MYUSPTO account. Trained staff are available to assist with questions about formats, search strategy, and USPTO information.

Historical collections

We have a variety of print and microfilm resources and historical collections available for research.

Historical displays and guided tours

Visitors to the Public Search Facility will also find historical displays that provide insight into over 110 years of patent and trademark records in the USPTO, including framed copies of original patent drawings and of the first patent ever issued, models of inventions submitted for patents in the 19th century, and examples of famous and historical trademarks as they were originally filed. Contact the PSF to schedule a free guided tour of these displays and the historical collections listed above Public_Search_Facility_Guide_2023.pdf.

Free access and printing

There are no fees for using the automated systems. Unlimited searching, printing, and copying of all patent and trademark information within the Public Search Facility is available at no charge.