Committees 2024-2025

Standing Committees

Bylaws Committee
Charge: Review the PTRCA bylaws and recommend language for updates; coordinate with the PTRCA webmaster to ensure that the most recent bylaws are on the website.

Open (CHAIR)

Conferences Committee
Charge: Assists PTRCP representatives with the planning of presentations and programs for local, state, and national Conferences. Also coordinates all arrangements necessary for the PTRCA portions on the Annual PTRCP Training Seminar and PTRCA Conferences. Continue reading

News from the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program (PTRCP) April 2019

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News from the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program (PTRCP) Office

In the past year, PTRCP has gone through staff changes and has strengthened the support we provide for PTRC outreach. Librarian Tiffany Mair and Administrative Support Assistant Anthony Wilkinson both left PTRCP (Anthony is still with USPTO but in a new position as a Customer Service Specialist). Chris Kitchens retired in May 2018 after many years of service to the USPTO and PTRCP. Continue reading

2018-2019 President’s Report

President’s Report, 2018-2019

Dave Zwicky, West Lafayette, IN

Probably the biggest event of this year was the retirement of Chris Kitchens, Director of the Public Search Services Division and former head of the PTRC Program, from the USPTO on May 25th.  Chris has been an important part of this organization for a long time and, even though her presence continues to be felt, will be much missed.

In other news, Continue reading

Committees 2017-2018

Committees 2017-2018

 

Standing Committees

Bylaws Committee
Charge: Review the PTRCA bylaws and recommend language for updates; coordinate with the PTRCA webmaster to ensure that the most recent bylaws are on the website.

Marian Armour-Gemman, Morgantown, WV (Chair)
Jared Hoppenfeld, College Station, TX
Suzanne Reinman, Stillwater, OK
Lisha Li, Atlanta, GA (ex officio)

Conferences Committee
Charge: Coordinate all arrangements necessary for the PTRCA portions of the Annual PTRC Training Seminar and PTRCA Conference. Continue reading

News from the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program (PTRCP) March 2017

News from the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program (PTRCP)

It is hard to envision a more exhilarating time to be involved in intellectual property.  Interest in Design Patents and Trade Dress has increased markedly in recent years, as anyone who searches the Web for “increasing importance of design patents” or “increasing importance of trade dress” can quickly verify.  Assisting your PTRC customers to locate relevant intellectual property information has never been as challenging or as important as it is today.  Continue reading

2016-2017 President’s Report

2016-2017 President’s Report

PTRCA President’s Report 2016-2017

 

If I can use one sentence to summarize this year, it will be: Change is the norm. First of all, we welcomed the new PTRCP Manager – Robert Berry in May 2016. Rob had previously served as a PTRC Representative at the Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT since 2009 and lately worked as a Fellow at the PTRCP office from September 2014 to May 2016. Continue reading

Committees 2016-2017

Committees 2016-2017

 

Standing Committees

Bylaws Committee
Charge: Review the PTRCA bylaws and recommend language for updates; coordinate with the PTRCA webmaster to ensure that the most recent bylaws are on the website.

Marian Armour-Gemman, Morgantown, WV (Chair)
Spruce Fraser, St. Louis, MO (Ex officio)
Jared Hoppenfeld, College Station, TX
Lisha Li, Atlanta, GA
 

Conferences Committee
Charge: Coordinate all arrangements necessary for the PTRCA portions of the Annual PTRC Training Seminar and PTRCA Conference. Continue reading

Esther Crawford PTRCA Distinguished Service Award (DSA)

1. Description of Award

The Esther Crawford PTRCA Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to an individual PTRCA member or individual who demonstrates outstanding service to the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association by active and effective participation on PTRCA committees and PTRCA activities that enhance the association educational experience.

2. Who is eligible?

All of the membership of the PTRCA and those individuals who contribute to the overall goals of the PTRC in the areas of association service and education. Continue reading

Trademarks differentiate your product and service; learn more at a free NKU seminar on April 12, 2016

In addition to intellectual property awareness, this seminar helps those entrepreneurs who are considering developing a new invention, starting a new business, or existing businesses who wish to improve their business performance. This event is brought to you by the Kentucky Innovation Network at Northern Kentucky, NKU Grant County Center, NKU Intellectual Property Awareness Center (IPAC), NKU Small Business Development Center, Central Kentucky Inventors Council, Inventor’s Council of Cincinnati, and others.

This FREE event is scheduled Tuesday, Continue reading