Patent and Trademark Resource Centers

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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 representatives 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 on patents and trademarks
  • Show you how to track current research by company or nonprofit
  • Help you find assignee information and much more.

Upcoming Events

November 6, 2019

If you are an inventor, entrepreneur, or small business owner, you can’t ignore patents. Learn about intellectual property basics, the patent process, and how to do a preliminary patent search. Space is limited, so register early . For more information, call 612-543-5669. The Hennepin County...

November 9, 2019

If you want to register a trademark, you need to know about trademark searching. Library staff will show you how. This program is free and open to the public. No registration required, but seating is limited. Add the event to your calendar and find more learning opportunities . For more information,...