I’ve been at the Minneapolis Central Library for 21 years, and my first PTRC Seminar was in 2002. The library joined the PTRC Program in 1981 and the collection is part of our Business/Science/Government Documents division.
For just over a year I’ve been working part-time in two libraries. Half time at the downtown Central Library and half-time at the Southdale location, one of the larger suburban branches. It’s been a great change of pace!
2015IP attorneys who will do pro bono work for inventors who meet income guidelines). A few years ago LegalCORPS was the first group in the U.S. to offer a service like this. Then-USPTO Director David Kappos encouraged similar programs to be formed in every state. This goal was fulfilled in 2015.
LegalCORPS offers 2 classes three times a year: Protecting Your Ideas: IP Basics for Inventors and Writing & Filing a Provisional Patent Application. Since these classes are presented by attorneys, they can address all the legal questions I can’t answer!
In April Dr. Christal Sheppard, Director of the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, visited our library to meet with local IP attorneys and representatives from the University of Minnesota and our U.S. Senators’ offices.
A video that the library did about 2 years ago finally emerged our website. In parts of it I chat with a local inventor. The video can be found at http://www.hclib.org/programs/business-employment#patent-trademark-resources