Journal of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Association, Volume 28, 2018

News from PTRCs

Honolulu, HI

Hawaii State Library

At the end of June 2017, we bid farewell to our long-time librarian, Arlene Nagamine, who retired after years of dutiful service.  

In October, 2017 James Ko was hired as our library assistant but a few months later he accepted another position that came with a promotion and left.  

Houston, TX

Rice University

There were many significant events in the PTRC at Rice University this past year.  Most significantly, Linda Spiro retired in August.  We miss her presence, her expertise and most importantly her baked goods!  Only a few weeks after Linda’s retirement, Houston was hit by Hurricane Harvey.  The University was closed for a week due to the extensive flooding in the Houston area.  (photo below) A scheduled patent searching class on that weekend was cancelled.  Luckily, the University suffered only minor water damage in a couple of buildings and the library only had some water leakage in a few a

Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis Public Library


Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Public Library

My name is Stella Mittelbach and I am the PTRC representative at Los Angeles Public Library. I meet with at least one or two individuals per week to go over patent and trademark resources through our library’s Book-A-Librarian service in addition to walk-ins at our reference desk. In the past year I taught two patent searching classes to the public and one to bioengineering graduate students at UC Irvine.

Minneapolis, MN

Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis Central Library

We noticed an uptick in patron traffic at the Minneapolis Central Library since last Seminar, both in terms of class attendance as well as individuals coming in or calling for assistance.

 continue my monthly patent searching class, including “taking it on the road” and doing it at a couple of library locations. We also partner with LegalCORPS, a pro bono lawyers group, to offer several classes during the year, including an IP overview and one on how to write and file a provisional patent application.

Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University

Evansdale Library at West Virginia University has been a depository since 1991. The Evansdale Library serves Engineering, Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences, Education, Creative Arts and Physical Education. Independent as well as university inventors come to the Evansdale Library for assistance.

Orlando, FL

University of Central Florida

Greetings from the usually sunny and always busy University of Central Florida Libraries, home to the Orlando PTRC since December 30, 1988.  I arrived at UCF in the summer of 2010, and have been the PTRC representative since summer of 2015.  I also serve as subject librarian to the anthropology and sociology departments. The PTRC is operated out of the Research and Information Services department in the John C. Hitt Library on the main campus.

Orono, ME

University of Maine

The PTRC is located in the Reference Department at the University of Maine in Orono and is run by Rachel Knapp, Engineering and Forestry Reference Librarian. Rachel is just finishing up her first year at UMaine. Since the last seminar Maine’s PTRC has developed a great working relationship with the Foster Center for Student Innovation. This past year Rachel developed a workbook, to accompany the USPTO’s 7 step patent searching guide, to assist new inventors in the prior art research process. A permanent display was also set up in the library to highlight and advertise the PTRC.

Phoenix, AZ

State of Arizona Research Library

The State of Arizona Research Library is a law and government documents library that is a part of the Secretary of State’s Office. The library maintains extensive collections of Arizona Newspapers, State Government Publications, Arizona Law, and an Arizona Collection of materials about Arizona and Southwest History. The library is also a Regional Federal Depository Library. Over the past year, the library has relocated its public services from the Historic State Capitol Building to the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building at 1901 W. Madison St. Phoenix, AZ 85009.

Piscataway, NJ

Rutgers University

Greetings from Rutgers University!

2017 is a year with more changes at RUL., Ms. Dee Magnoni accepted the position of assistant vice president for information services, director of New Brunswick Libraries effective August 7, 2017. Dee came to Rutgers from Los Alamos National Laboratory. We believe that with her science background, she will enhance RUL’s science and engineering collections and services to the community. It will help to promote PTRC at the university as well.

Reno, Nevada

University of Nevada

The University of Nevada, Reno has been a USPTO depository library since 1983. In mid-2017, longtime PTRC and Business librarian, Pat Ragains retired after 21 years at UNR. He leaves big shoes to fill but I am grateful he remains a wonderful resource who is always willing to help. I, Tara Radniecki, have taken over the PTRC responsibilities and also serve as the Engineering Librarian.

Rochester, NY

Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County

Deb Nevin took over as Manager of the Center for about a year, and then retired on the 30th of March. I thought it was a good idea to have some fresh eyes and ideas brought to the Center, as I was Manager for 12 years prior. Since her retirement, the momentum of the Center that Deb brought with her has carried on. As you can see, the number of customers who used the Center is at an all-time high, matched only in 2014. These are not the number of questions that were asked of staff (those would be in the hundreds, perhaps thousands).

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah

The University of Utah and the J. Willard Marriott Library have been a PTRC since 1984. The big news from Utah is that Dave Morrison celebrated his retirement in August 2017 with a festive event that included recognition from the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA, Rob Berry and his staff at the PTRC program, Molly Kocialski, Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO, University and Library administrators, faculty, staff, colleagues, and students.  Highlights of Dave’s career include:

Stillwater, OK

Oklahoma State University

The Oklahoma State University Library has been a Patent and Trademark Depository Library since 1956. We are housed in the main University Library and are part of the Government Documents Department, a regional depository for U.S. government documents. The website for the PTRCA in Stillwater includes most of our service information and links to information for inventors at USPTO:

University Park, PA

Pennsylvania State University

John Meier has been the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Librarian in University Park, PA for over a decade.  We've been hosted by the Pennsylvania State University Libraries since 1979 (almost 40 years!) The Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library holds the PTRC collection, but over the past few years we have added service points and trained staff across the state.  Lori Lysiak, Reference and Instruction Librarian at Penn State Altoona, has completed both the basic and advanced training seminars at the USPTO.  This year Carmen Cole, Business and IST Librarian, will also complete adv

Washington, DC

Howard University