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Frequently Asked Questions
DATAMP FAQ'sQ: What is DATAMP?
A: DATAMP is an acronym for Directory of American Tool and Machinery Patents. Over the years DATAMP has expanded to include all of the early (pre-July 1836) U.S. patents that weren't originally numbered and were lost in a fire in December 1836. Of the approximately 10,000 of these patents, about 2,000 were restored from the original patent holders copies of their patents. The other 8,000 or so, we have only the name of the patent and that of the patentee, although we have found information about some of them from other sources. Of the 61,026 patents currently in DATAMP, 16,856 have links to Vintagemachinery.org containing information about the patent's manufacturer.
Q: Who contributes data to DATAMP?
A: The Patent Stewards are responsible for adding and updating patents in their areas of interest. Information about our stewards can be found here.
Q: How is DATAMP supported?
A: DATAMP is a non-profit volunteer endeavor supported by users via this link.
Q: What patents are included in DATAMP?
A: DATAMP originally started out with American tools and machinery patents. Over the years, we have expanded to include patents from other countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and some European countries. We also have all of the early (pre-July 1836) U.S. patents, all of the Confederate States of America patents, plus some patents that aren't tools or machinery, but are related to a tool or machinery inventor. You can see a list of these patents here.
Q: How do I search for a patent using DATAMP?
A: It depends on what information that your have.
A: You can go to http://www.google.com/advanced_patent_search and enter the information you have.
These sites can also be used for non US patents:
Q: I would like to contribute patents to DATAMP. How do I proceed?
A: Contact us and tell us what your interests are.