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UMass Libraries is a Patent and Trademark Depository Library. There is a complete file of plant patents issued in the Science and Engineering Library.

For a description of the plant patent program, and supporting collection, see the Library's Patents and Trademarks subject page:


The plant patents are already cataloged.

All new materials relevant to the plant patent collection are (and should be) cataloged to Reference Collection at the Science and Engineering Library (SEL). Paulina Borrego is the Library's patents and trademark specialist. Send all new plant patent materials to Paulina Borrego. She then gives them to Cindy Spell to catalog.

All plant patents issued are either print or microfiche, and are in file cabinets on the SEL 3rd Floor East. (Note: there is no official electronic version issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office because the image reproduction of the detailed photographs is not sufficient).

Plant Patents 1-10,000 are in microfiche, in acid free folders in the very front of the first file cabinet. Plant Patents 10,001+ are paper, and are filed in acid free folders after the microfiche in several file cabinets.

There are catalog records for the plant patents in WorldCat and Aleph:

United States Plant patent (SCI REF QK46.U54) United States Plant patent (SCI REF MICROFICHE 101)

FILING OF NEW PLANT PATENTS (waiting for Paulina)


To facilitate a prompt resolution to delivery and damage problems to new USPTO plant patents, please use the follwing procedures:

Mail, fax, or email the damage or non-receipt claim within 6 weeks of issue to Karna Cooper using the contact information below. In the case of duplicates received, return any that you do not want to the Program Office.

Karna Cooper U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Contracts Division RM. 09A42-A Randolph Square P.O. Box 1450 Alexandria, VA 22313-1450 Telephone: 9703) 756-1485 Fax: 571-270-9864 Email:

Changes to delivery address, contact Program Office (Paulina - address? contacts? Christina Kitchens?)

Before claiming non-receipt of a plant patent, please ensure you check with the Paper Issue Plant Patents e-mails that are sent from the Program Office indicating the most current patent sent out. Further questions/problems regarding palnt patents, please contact the Program Office

Contact person: Cynthia Spell []

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