Journal of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Association, Volume 29, 2019

       

News from PTRCs

Akron, OH

Akron-Summit County Public Library

It has been a busy year at the Akron, OH PTRC this last year.

We hosted representatives from the USPTO twice in the last year. In March of last year, Alford Kindred from the Detroit regional USPTO office did 2 programs at our library, one geared toward patent attorneys in the afternoon and one geared toward inventors in the evening. Last month, James O. Wilson from the Detroit Regional USPTO office spoke to our local inventors’ club that meets here at our library. Cheers and thanks to our regional USPTO office, especially Denise Sylvester who arranged these programs!

Amherst, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

UMass Amherst PTRC continues to thrive and grow.  I continue to maintain an active PTRC collection of materials for self-service and outreach, as well as regular low tech bulletin board displays to educate the community.  The ever popular May Day plant patent celebration is now a regular fixture in the patent education cycle.  The big news is that I strategically pivoted all my liaison department assignments with one goal in mind – plant patents!  I am now the liaison to all the agriculture and agriculture related departments and have been reaching out to places on campus such as the herbar

Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI PTRC is located in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library (AAEL) in the Duderstadt Center at the University of Michigan. AAEL houses the Art & Design, Architecture & Urban Planning and Engineering Collections. In March 2019,  we had 3 Trademarks workshops presented  by Craig Morris, two were on Trademark Basics and one was Outreach Program for Graphic Designers.  Leena Lalwani was also part of Center for Entrepreneurship panel at Washtenaw Community College in Fall 2018 which was attended by students and community at large.

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech University

The Georgia Tech Library joined the PTRC (then Patent Depository Library) Program in 1946. Over seven decades, as the only PTRC in Georgia, we have assisted thousands of inventors and entrepreneurs, on campus and from the public, in pursuing their intellectual property protection that led to startups, products launch and business development, making economic impact in the state and beyond. Seven librarians have served as the PTRC Representative, including Safford Harris, Barbara Walker, Jean Kirkland, Mary-Frances Panettiere, Joanne Tobin and Bruce Henson.

Auburn, AL

Auburn University

Auburn University Libraries spent last year with an interim Dean, but Shali Zhang is our new Dean and started work this past December.  I have started to look for new ways to talk to students on campus beyond classes and I have visited several engineering clubs to talk about the library in general and introduce myself as the patent librarian.  In addition, I have taken on duties as a more general IP librarian and have started to research questions involving copyrights.

Austin, TX

University of Texas, Austin

On March 11th, in conjunction with South by Southwest (SXSW) 2019, Hope Shimabuku, Regional Director for the Texas Regional Office, and Molly Kocialski, Regional Director for the Rocky Mountain Regional Office presented on Protecting Your Intellectual Capital - The Benefits of Provisional Patent Applications.  Sponsored by the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship as one of their #What StartsUpHere programs, it started with a PTRC visit in February.    

Cheyenne, WY

Wyoming State Library

I am Karen Kitchens the State Publications Librarian at the Wyoming State Library (WSL), located in Cheyenne.  I have a BA in Political Science from The University of Akron and a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University.  At WSL I am primarily responsible for the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program (PTRC) and the Wyoming State Publications Repository Program collections, which are housed at the WSL.  I have resided in Wyoming for 28 years and have worked at WSL for 9 ½ years.  Prior to this, I worked as a Reference Librarian and Adult Programming Specialist at the La

Cincinnati, OH

Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

Linda Kocis is the Intellectual Property Librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. She oversees the Patent & Trademark Resource Center, which is housed in the Information & Reference Department at the Main Library in downtown Cincinnati. In addition to courses in patent and trademark searching, Linda meets with customers individually to answer all types of questions including those about filing applications.

Clemson, South Carolina

Clemson University

We have had another great year here at Clemson.  And not just because we are the National Football Champions.

Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Public Library

Cleveland Public Library’s (CPL) PTRC is located in the Science & Technology Dept. We have 5 staff that can assist with IP: Don Boozer, Rose Mary Hoge, Elvira Baron, Peter London, and Jim Bettinger, PTRC Representative. There is 3 capable staff in Government Documents Dept. that assists with IP as well: Sarah Dobransky, Alea Lytle, and Erick Walker. The Science & Technology Dept., located on the 3rd floor of the Louis Stokes Wing, has four machines with 24” monitors that access PubWEST and PubEAST.

College Station, TX

Texas A&M University

Howdy from the Texas A&M University West Campus (Business) Library, home of the College Station, Texas PTRC since December 22, 1983.  I, Jared Hoppenfeld, along with assistance from library staff member Boyd Conerway, are happy to assist students, faculty, and community members with their P&T questions.

We recently celebrated our 35th anniversary of being a PTRC by welcoming Spruce Fraser and Neil Massong to present at our day-long Patent and Trademark Day, an event that was open to the public and well-attended, followed by a half-day of staff training. 

Dayton, Ohio

Wright State University

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Library has been a PTRC since 2000.  Our PTRC collection is located in the Information commons area of the main library.  Access to PubWEST and PubEAST is through the Information Desk.  We established a PTRC only workstation area for more privacy.

In 2017, we had 186 requests for intellectual property information through email, telephone, and appointments.  Community presentations had 47 attendees. 

Detroit, MI

Detroit Public Library

In 2018, two of our librarians were promoted away from our department.  Kalana Cooper, who you may have met last year, has become an assistant manager at one of our branches.  Our current librarian staff are Roger Morton, Karen Core, Meghan McGowan and Mary Kordyban.  We also have 6 support staff.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Broward County Main Library

My name is Eileen Fischlschweiger and I’ve been the Patent and Trademark Librarian for the Fort Lauderdale PTRC at the Broward County Main Library for 24 years, and the PTRC Representative for 22 years.  I have been a librarian with the Broward County Library System for over 30 years.  I have a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in both Chemistry and Physics, a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Communications with a specialization in Broadcast Production, a considerable amount of graduate level coursework in Education, and a second Master’s degree in Library Science.

Highland Heights, KY

Northern Kentucky University

The Highland Heights PTRC at NKU’s Steely Library is part of the IPAC (Intellectual Property Awareness Center) which includes government and business resources too. The highpoint of the year was collaborating with the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association (NKITA) to present the workshop entitled “Assisting U.S. Rights Holders & Protecting Their IP in China.” Forty business professionals attended the event held at the NKY Chamber of Commerce in Ft. Mitchell, KY on July 24, 2018. Attendees learned about the differences between Chinese and U.S.

Highland Heights, KY

Northern Kentucky University

The Highland Heights PTRC at NKU’s Steely Library is part of the IPAC (Intellectual Property Awareness Center) which includes government and business resources too. The highpoint of the year was collaborating with the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association (NKITA) to present the workshop entitled “Assisting U.S. Rights Holders & Protecting Their IP in China.” Forty business professionals attended the event held at the NKY Chamber of Commerce in Ft. Mitchell, KY on July 24, 2018. Attendees learned about the differences between Chinese and U.S.

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