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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Public Search Facility located in Alexandria, VA provides public access to patent and trademark information in a variety of formats including on-line, microfilm, and print. Trained staff are available to assist public users.

State of the art computer workstations provide automated searching of patents issued from 1790 to the current week of issue using the patent examiner systems Web-based Examiner Search Tool, (WEST) and Examiner Automated Search Tool (EAST), the USPTO web site, and related applications. Full document text may be searched on U.S. patents issued since 1971 and OCR text from 1920 to 1970. U. S. patent images from 1790 to the present may be retrieved for viewing or printing. Some foreign patent documents may be searched using EAST and WEST. Official Gazettes, Annual Indexes (of Inventors), the Manual of Classification and its subject matter index, and other search aids are available in various formats.

Patent assignment records of transactions affecting the ownership of patents, microfilmed deeds, and indexes are also available.

On-line searching of pending, registered, and dead trademarks is available using the trademark examining attorney automated systems X-Search, Trademark Image Capture System (TICRS), the Trademark Reporting and Monitoring System (TRAM), and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board VUE (TTABVUE). A complete trademark registration collection is available on-line and in bound paper volumes in numerical order or on microfilm since 1870.
Official Gazettes, trademark assignment records of transactions affecting trademark ownership, microfilmed deeds, and indexes are also available.

Hours of Operation
The USPTO Public Search Facility in Alexandria, VA is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Research assistance is offered between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Self-service access  is permitted between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Closed weekends and Federal Holidays.) Refer to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) web site for current Washington area federal government operating status information.

Public Search Facility – Madison East, 1st Floor
600 Dulany St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

For additional information, please call 571-272-3275.

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