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Patents & Patenting: Obtaining Patents

Fulltext of Patents Online

Ordering Copies of U.S. Patents

Directly from the USPTO. Copies of patents are $3.00 each; plant patents in color are $15.00 each.
Order by Web: Go to Free registration required.
Order by Phone: 800-972-6382.
Order by Mail: Mail Stop Document Services
  Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  PO Box 1450

Alexandria, VA 22213-1450


Patent Depository Libraries In Alabama:
Auburn Draughon Library, phone 334-844-1737
Birmingham Public Library, phone 205-226-3620.
USA faculty, staff, and students may request copies of patents through Interlibrary Loans.

Commercial Vendors. To see a list of vendors go to Many of these also provide non-U.S. patents.