The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the designation of the University of California-Riverside Rivera Library as a Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL). PTDLs provide access to intellectual property information including more than 7 million patents and over 4 million active or pending trademark registrations, as well as other related information in various print and electronic media to support the diverse intellectual property protection needs of the public.
The new PTDL gives Southern California area inventors, entrepreneurs, researchers, faculty and students a unique resource right in their community, said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas. The depository library program makes the wealth of information contained only in patent and trademark documents easily accessible, and the library provides expert staff assistance in its usage.
The depository library will open to the public and celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, October 25, 2007.
The new PTDL is located on the main campus in the Rivera Library. The library also serves as a government publications depository for U.S. and California state documents. The campus is accessible by several main highways. The nearby Ontario International Airport has daily flights to most of the nation's major cities as well as connecting commuter flights to the Los Angeles International Airport. Metrolink train service also is available from Los Angeles.
USPTO's Patent and Trademark Depository Library program is a nationwide network of public, state and academic libraries authorized to disseminate patent and trademark information and to support inventors, intellectual property attorneys and agents, business people, researchers, entrepreneurs, students, historians and the general public who are not able to come to USPTO's offices in Alexandria, Va. Services at the libraries are free, and include assistance in accessing and using patent and trademark documents, training on USPTO databases, obtaining access to the USPTO website, and hosting public seminars on intellectual property topics for novice and experienced innovators.
The patent and trademark depository library program began in 1871 when federal law first provided for the distribution of printed patents to libraries for use by the public. The addition of the University of California-Riverside Rivera Library to the PTDL network makes a total of 85 libraries located in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. A list of all the current libraries can be found on USPTO's website at www.uspto.gov.