Lemelson-MIT Program's invention and patents resources
Resources to help inventors protect and market their ideas.
Assistive technology inventions assistance
Assistance for introducing new products and technologies that benefit persons with disabilities. From
the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Transfer.
Canadian Innovation Centre
Invention evaluation, technology due diligence, market research, and education programs for inventors
and innovative companies.
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Encourages invention, innovation, and creativity in Canada, administers the intellectual property systems
in Canada, and disseminates IP information.
Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition, U.K.
Studies the complex issues that link innovation and competitiveness. A joint initiative between the University
of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
Inventions and Innovation Program, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Financial assistance for the development of innovative energy saving ideas and inventions.
Information for independent inventors with that helps them develop and market their inventions.
An organization that provides guidance on intellectual property, patents, and product development.
Guidance to help inventors in the UK come up with ideas, obtain patents, and manufacture and sell
their designs and products.
America's only inventors' magazine.
Mining Co. Inventors' Guide
Links for sources for funding, marketing, and patenting inventions, along with other resources for inventors.
National Academy of Engineering Technological Literacy site
Explains what technological literacy is, why it's important, and what's being done to improve it.
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Develops and promotes measurement, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade,
and improve the quality of life.
National Inventors' Hall of Fame
Honors the women and men responsible for the technological advances that contribute to human, social,
and economic progress.
National Science Foundation
Promotes the progress of science through grants and contracts, scientific and engineering research, and
education programs at all levels.
National Technology Transfer Center
Access to federal technology information, knowledge management and digital learning services, technology
assessment, technology marketing, assistance in finding strategic partners, and electronic-business development services.
Patent Classification Index
Determine the U.S. patent system class and subclass of your invention idea.
Patent Depository Libraries
Guide to the nationwide network of public, state, and academic libraries designated as Patent and Trademark
Online source for worldwide patent data in 15 languages and a hosted community platform.
Sunnyvale Center for Innovation, Invention, and Ideas
Online access to patent and trademark information for inventors, researchers, and corporations in Silicon
Valley, the Western United States, and the Pacific Rim.
United Inventors Association of the USA
Offers leadership, support, and services to inventors’ groups and independent inventors and maintains
the Inventors’ Awareness Center, an inventor education and advocacy program.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Administers the laws relating to patents and trademarks and offers resources for inventors.
WikiPatentsProvides free advanced patent searching and patent analytics for over 15 million patents hosted on