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The Help Center covers our search engine features and syntax, account features, has a primer on patent searching, and more. The Help Center is searchable (see the form on the right!) or you can browse the topics using the links below.

Note that, although the Help Center does contain some general information on patents, patent searching, and other IP-related topics, the Help Center is generally not where you get answers to detailed questions about patent procedure and law. For those types of questions, see our enhanced version of the MPEP, the associated case law, read our blogs, or ask a Community member -- our experts are usually glad to help!