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How PTRCs help you

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 webpage 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:

  • 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

May 31, 2017

Patents and Trademarks Get the Information you need to protect your Intellectual Property A Free Seminar for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Educators and Legal Professionals New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) 188 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10016 Wednesday, May 31,...

June 1, 2017

Patents and Trademarks Get the Information you need to protect your Intellectual Property A Free Seminar for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Educators and Legal Professionals The Smithtown Library 1 North Country Road Smithtown, NY 11787 Thursday, June 1, 2017 Time: 1:30 pm Please register at: wsalas@...

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…