How to Find USPQ Cases


The United States Patent Quarterly is a quarterly legal reporter that publishes court opinions on intellectual property cases, including cases involving copyrights, trademarks and patents. The USPQ, which is published by the Bureau of National Affairs, is not available to members of the public without a subscription. To find and retrieve cases in the USPQ, you must access a digital research service that contains the USPQ database, such as Lexis-Nexis or Westlaw.

  • Use WorldCat to find a library with access to the USPQ database. Because the USPQ is a legal publication, your local library is not likely to have a physical or digital subscription. You may need to visit a law library or university library to gain access to the USPQ database. Input your zip code into the WorldCat service and search for “United States Patent Quarterly,” then click on the result. WorldCat will display a list of libraries close to your zip code that maintain a subscription to the USPQ database.

  • Visit the closest library and access the USPQ database. Most law and university libraries will not permit remote access to the USPQ database. Before visiting the closest library in person, call ahead to determine if guests are permitted to use their digital research services.

  • Input your case citation if you are looking for a particular case. A USPQ citation will contain the identifier “U.S.P.Q.” For example, a citation of “198 U.S.P.Q. 34” refers to a case that appears on page 34 of volume 198 of the USPQ. Depending on the database service your local library uses, follow the on-screen instructions to input your citation.

  • Search by party name or keyword if you do not have a case citation. Follow the on-screen instructions for conducting a keyword search. You may wish to search for all USPQ cases involving a specific company, such as Texas Instruments or Boeing. You may also wish to search for a keyword reflecting a particular concept, such as “indirect infringement” or “piracy.”


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