1. U.S. Patent Searches

2. Patent Offices

3. Additional Patent Information

4. Trademark Information

5. Copyright Information

6. Licensing

7. Private Investigation Tools

8. Venture Capital and Funding

9. Other Government Sites

10. Selected Business Lead Sites

11. Selected Science and Engineering Sites

12. Trade Shows and Conventions

13. Other Sites of Interest


1. U.S. Patent Searches
US Patent and Trademark Office
(News, patent searches, listing of parent attorneys and agents, etc.)

Google Patent Searching

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2. Patent Offices
(US governemnt site with searching, forms, fee schedule, and general information)
European Patent Office
(EPO site with links to foreign patent offices, general information on foreign patents.)

Japanese Patent Office
(Interesting section on noteworthy patents and practical advice)

Patent Office of the People Republic of China
(General information, news events, and announcements)

Patent Offices around the world

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3. Additional Patent Information
National Inventor's Hall of Fame
(Stories of famous inventors, information on inventors museum in Akron, Ohio, and other practical invention information.)

American Intellectual Property Law Association
(IP Lawyer's site with links to Supreme Court, CAFC, and other court cases involving IP)

World Intellectual Property Organization
(WIPO site in English, French, and Spanish)

RFC--Recently filed IP (Intellectual Property Cases)

Intellectual Property Today

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4. Trademark Information
(Go to trademark area for general information, and can file application online.)

International Trademark Association
(INTA site lists meetings, publication, what's new and brand valuation sections)

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5. Copyright Information
US Copyright Office
(General information, forms, etc.)

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6. Licensing
Licensing Executive Society
(LES is the premier licensing society for IP-excellent publications, meetings, and links to international LES chapters)

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7. Private Investigation Tools
Zaba Search

Free source for locating people

Private Investigator Mall
(PI information and tools on background, pre-employment, civil and criminal, hidden assets, fraud inquiries, etc. Interesting product and services section)

(Site for law enforcement officers, products; interesting services, links)

Good and practical  database to get personal information, including house pictures, family information.

Additional PI tools

International Investigation Agency

(A premier site for business, legal, investigative, and public information-fee based)

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8. Venture Capital and Funding
Kleiner Perkins
Well known venture capital group which invests in start-ups

Cal Tech/MIT Enterprise Forum
Site and meetings of venture capitalists, start-ups, and innovators.

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9. Other governement sites
Securities and Exchange Commision

Federal Trade Commission

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10. Selected Business Lead Sites
Thomas Register
(150,000 plus companies list their products)

Wall Street Journal

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11. Selected Science and Engineering Sites
Popular Science
(Interesting new product ideas)

Omnica Corporation
Southern California firm for industrial design and prototyping

Fanuc Robotics
Leading industrial robotics firm

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12. Trade Shows and Conventions

Consumer Electronics Show, CES
Largest trade show in Las Vegas which previews the latest in consumer electronics and gadgetry.

Cebit Show
Large German electronics show


Growing gift, gadget, accessories, toy, art, jewelry wholesale show in Las Vegas.

International Jewelry Show
The well known JCK jewelry show in Las Vegas and buying site.

National Association of Home Builders Show

High Point Show

Las Vegas Mart
New 5 million square foot furniture, accessories, and gift  wholesale mart with 2 shows/year

Milan Furniture Show
The world's largest, well known  furniture and accessories show.

HD Expo
Hospitality, Interior Design, Expo

Landscape Expos
Site features buying guide and expos information


International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Show

Global Gaming Expo/G2E

Light Fairs Show  and
Industrial, commerical, residential light show. LDI show hosts entertainment lighting.

Canton Fair
Largest trade fair in China , held 2x/year, good source of Chinese manufacturers in many product areas.

Ambiente Consumer Goods and Gift Fair in Frankfurt
Large, upscale consumer goods and gift fair in Germany .


Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show
Held in Anaheim , the west Coast's Largest Design and Manufacturing Show. Actually 6 shows in 1, including electronics, plastics, medical, green, packaging, etc.

World Expo Organization
The major world expos are "must attends" for understanding 200 plus countries, history, culture, investment opportunities, and the future. The latest major expo in Shanghai drew  70 million plus and over 190 countries in 6 months during 2010.  Attended most majors  since 1986 in Vancover, and include Seville, Lisbon, Hannover, Nagoya (Japan), and Shanghai.

Biz Trade Show Convention locator

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13. Other Sites of Interest

Annual Reports for investors

Asian trade show, vendor, and manufacturer sources

China Daily News

Hong Kong News Site

Business Information

Japanese News

German International Trade Show locator


Alibaba site
According to Forbes, best business to business site. Excellent sources for locating manufacturers and trade show, buying and selling leads.

Made-In-China site

Chinese Search Engine

Google Author's Site
Originally for Google employees, now famous authors who speak at Google employee events can now be viewed and listened to in full.

Way Back Machine (Old web page site search)

National Library of Medicine
Excellent source of medical information and innovation.

International Travel Site of State Department
Official site of State Department with summaries of travel issues, warnings, etc. for over 200 countries.

Agoda travel site

Official Dubai Site
Up to date information on Dubai

Price comparisons
Source for product reviews and price comparisons

International real estate guide

For Fun

Articles on Dubai and Japan and the 2005 World Expo.

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