Skip to main content


Find international market and industry data, exchange rates, statistics, financial information and country studies

Research Guides

Many useful websites, databases, and other materials may be found on other Research Guides such as:


Patent: A Patent is a grant from the U.S. government giving an inventor the exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invention in the U.S. for a limited time (up to 20 years from the time of application for a utility or plant patent, up to 14 years for a design patent). Design, Plant, and Utility patents are all granted. Consult the document General Information Concerning Patents from the USPTO for more information.

Trademark: A Trademark, Trade Name,  Service Mark is a word, name, symbol, or device used to identify goods or services used in commerce; marks used in interstate or international commerce are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Consult the USPTO document Basic Facts about Trademarks< for more information.

Treaty: A written agreement between nations, such as the Treaty of Rome (1957) that was the foundation of the European Union.