PTDLA Day 2008

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Invited Speaker: 9 am -11 am
Title: Patent information from the EPO - latest developments in policy, products and practice
Speaker: David Dickinson, EPO

Lunch & Business meeting 11:30 - 1 pm
Attend the business meeting and enjoy the free pizza lunch sponsored by PTDLA

PTDLA Panel Presentations 2:30 pm - 4 pm

Title: Marketing & Strategizing Outreach for Patent & Trademark Presentations
Speakers: Joanne Dugan, Jim Miller, and Bob Kackley
Abstract: One of the biggest challenges facing PTDLA members is providing Patent & Trademark assistance for those beyond our normal reference arenas. Baltimore PTDL Rep. Joanne Dugan, and Jim Miller and Bob Kackley of College Park will briefly share their experiences, collaboration, and ideas on marketing future presentations to those in need of our services. Our first joint collaboration was on Valentine's Day 2008 at Northrop-Grumman's BWI Airport location. We demonstrated the universal web availability of patent & trademark information. Many questions dealt with legal issues, and Joanne's law expertise was crucial. About 40 employees attended, including eleven from around the country via online hookup. Previous sessions included Prince George's County Memorial Library librarians (2003) and their patrons (2008); Fairfax County VA Librarians (2004); 19 Law Librarians at a DC Special Libraries Association session hosted by a DC law firm (2007); and a Frederick County MD Public Library business venture session for county residents (2008); among others. Now, motivated by our successes, we are ready to aggressively collaborate in marketing our services to meet this evidently widespread need for patent and trademark knowledge. We plan to market our seminars to more public libraries, business ventures and companies in other Maryland counties, and even to "magnet" public high schools in MD.

Title: Zotero & Patents
Speaker: Andrew Wohrley
Abstract: Patent searching can be aided with a good citation manager. Right now, most Librarians and inventors need to perform several searches in order to perform a comprehensive search, but those searches often return redundant results. With a citation manager like Zotero, patent citations may be downloaded automatically, Tags for classifications may be added, along with links in the citation to related patents, and duplicates may be removed. Also, Zotero may be loaded to an individual computer or may be carried around as a Portable App on a flash drive. As an Open Source project, Zotero is still improving, but it is already useful to patent searchers, and will only get better.

Title: Obscure Historical Patent Documents of the Megenthaler Linotype Company
Speaker: Thomas Melvin
Abstract: The University of Delaware Special Collections Department recently acquired the papers of the Mergenthaler Linotype Company, the company that developed and manufactured the first truly modern,
functional linotype machine. A part of these papers consisted of a large collection of patent transfer records from companies and individuals in the United States as well as other countries. Most of these transfer records where pre-grant, meaning that the patent had not been granted at the time of transfer and therefore no patent number appears on the transfer document. How then to locate the actual patent? We'll take a look at these documents and discuss various methods for tracking down the relevant patents.

Title: Local Inventor Groups and the PTDL: A Win-Win Partnership
Speaker: Eileen Fischlschweiger
Abstract: For many years the Broward County Library has partnered with the Inventors Society of South Florida, a local inventors group covering several South Florida counties. This partnership has been very successful and beneficial to both partners. This presentation will explore the elements of this partnership and the reasons why it works, as well as considerations for librarians thinking of creating a partnership of their own.