Piscataway, NJ

Rutgers University

Greetings from Rutgers University!

This is Connie Wu, Engineering and Patent Information Specialist, at Library of Science and Medicine at Rutgers University Libraries. Rutgers University (RUL) has been a PTRC since May 9, 1989. I have been working for PTRC since day one!

2016 is a year with changes at RUL. Dr. Krisellen Maloney, our new vice president for information services and university librarian since July 15, 2015, has been leading us to make structure changes. Director of New Brunswick Libraries, the largest library division in RUL, left Rutgers for Canada, A search for the new director is undertaking. 

As the Representative for PTRC, I have been extremely busy with patron trainings, references, database searching and answering AAL and Ref Chat question about IP during the period.  Based on statistics, I was on the top of Off Desk Reference among science librarians. Out of 338 total off reference desk questions answered by science librarians between January 2016 and now, I provided answers to 84 patent and IP related questions. Most of these off reference desk questions and training needed more than one-hour services.

I worked with our Chemistry and Physics Librarian providing a 10-session freshman seminar in the fall 2016 entitled “Closing the Gap, Empowering Women in STEM”. IP is one of the topics in seminar. The seminar received high scores from 20 students according to a survey by the University.

Since Feb. 2016, I have given following four talks concerning IP and patents:

“IP Management in American Universities,” Invited lecture for Chinese University professors participated in Professor Teaching Training program at Rutgers University, Feb. 17, 2017.

“An Introduction to Intellectual Property with Emphasis on Trademarks.” Invited lecture for Chinese Trademark Delegation training at Rutgers University, December 19, 2016.

“Issues Related to Patent Licensing and Technology Transfer,” Invited Talk at 2016 Chengdu International Patent Licensing and Technology Transfer Conference in Chengdu, China.  Nov. 14th 2016.The talk was well received by more than 300 attendees

“IP Management in American Universities,” Invited lecture for Chinese University professors participated in Professor Teaching Training program at Rutgers University, Feb. 11, 2016.