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How PTRCs Can Help...

Patenting an invention and trademarking a product name can be challenging.  PTRC library staff are information experts trained on how to use search tools to access patent and trademark information. They provide the human touch that no web page or legal book can provide in helping inventors and small businesses find the information they need to protect their intellectual property.  However, PTRC representatives are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice.

PTRC library staff can assist with the following:

  • Provide access to resources such as PubEAST and PubWEST, examiner-based search systems
  • Direct you to information and explain the application process and fee schedule
  • Demonstrate how to use search tools to conduct a patent or trademark search
  • Show you a directory of local patent attorneys who are licensed to practice before the USPTO
  • Offer classes on intellectual property (varies by location)
  • Offer assistance on how to do historical research  patents and trademarks
  • Show you how to track current research by company or nonprofit
  • Help you find assignee information and much more

Upcoming Events

September 21, 2016

Las Cruces, NM Grand Opening of a New PTRC PTRC Public Training Program Patents and Trademarks 101: Get the Information You Need to Protect Your Intellectual Property A Free Public Seminar for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Educators, Students and Legal Professionals New Mexico State University Milton...

September 29, 2016

Patents and Trademarks 101: Essential Information You Need to Protect Your Intellectual Property A Free Public Seminar for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Educators, Students and Legal Professionals West Virginia University Evansdale Library Room 234 Evansdale Drive Morgantown, WV 26506 Thursday,...

News & Updates

September 28, 2011

USPTO Rebrands National Library Network as Patent and Trademark Resource Centers

  WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that its nationwide network of Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDLs) will become known as Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) on October 1, 2011. The name change signifies a major shift in…