Patent Research

Google’s Beta Patent Search Engine covers the entire collection of patents made available by the United States Patent & Trademark Office ā€” from patents issued in the 1790s through those issued in the middle of 2006, totalling almost 7 million.
Lexis-Nexis hosts the famous Chisum on Patents.
Walker on Patents was first published in 1885 and is now available on Westlaw as Moy’s Walker on Patents.
Some books with the basics can be found at the Circulation desk:
~ Intellectual Property : the law of copyrights, patents and trademarks / by Roger E. Schechter
~ An Introduction to Patent Law / by Janice M. Mueller
~ Principles of Patent Law / by Roger E. Schechter