About Intellectual Property Research


Intellectual Property Research, Inc. is comprised of experienced, professional researchers whose primary objectives are to provide quality Patent services and provide the research results to our clients. Our location near the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Virginia facilitates direct access to the Public Search Room (PSR), Patent Examiners and other branches of the USPTO.

Intellectual Property Research, Inc. is routinely called upon to conduct novelty, invalidity, state-of-the-art, collection, infringement and right-to-use searches in all mechanical, electrical and chemical art disciplines.

While Intellectual Property Research focuses primarily upon high quality patent search services; we offer a full range of services and are able to accommodate all your intellectual property needs. Our research services include:

  • Trademark and Copyright searches
  • Full documentation and legalization services
  • Copies of patents, trademarks and file histories (electronic and paper format)
  • Hand-carry services to all areas of the USPTO
  • Assignment/Ownership and Maintenance Fee Searches




Intellectual Property Research was established in January of 1999, by president and founder Deane O. Elliott. After spending over ten years as a full-time Patent researcher for a law firm in Arlington, VA, Mr. Elliott founded Intellectual Property Research to meet the growing demand for high quality research services at reasonable prices. In addition to conducting patent searches for the law firm, Mr. Elliott was responsible for overseeing the overall operation of the patent research department and spent several years conducting Trademark and Copyright searches for the firm.

In addition to owning Intellectual Property Research, Mr. Elliott is an avid golfer and inventor.  He owns two golf-related US patents (US 7,228,649 and 7,914,392) as well as related Canadian patents and PCTs. His personal experience in obtaining patents enables him to understand the challenges faced by large and small entities as they navigate the process.

Please contact us if you have any comments or questions about our services.

What our clients say

“Deane and his team at Intellectual Property Research consistently exceed my expectations when it comes to patent searching. When I need the "silver bullet" invalidity prior art reference, I rely on Deane to find it for me.”-Michael, IP Attorney for a Manufacturing Company

“I have been a client of IP Research for several years, and have been continuously impressed by their work.  President Deane Elliott and the IP Research team consistently provide excellent work product and exceptional client service.  I trust IP Research in handling my confidential matters and know their work product will be of the highest quality.” - Lawrence, Shareholder at a National IP Law Firm

“Mr. Elliott is one of the best in the patent search business.  His extensive knowledge and vast experience with patent searching are second to none.  We have worked a long time with Mr. Elliott and his team at IP Research Inc. and have always been pleased with his quick turn-around time, his friendly customer service and with his high quality work product.”-Michael, Managing IP Attorney for a Global Manufacturing Company


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