Question: As a local member of the historical society I am searching for our inventors. Is there an easy way to see who applied for United States Patents by a community? I am not sure where to write to have a search done.
Answer: These records are actually online from Google. The text of the U.S. Patents are now every word searchable. For a place name search I would suggest for example: Boston, Massachusetts; Boston, Mass. and Boston, Ma. To search the patents go online to: http://www.google.com/patents?hl=en