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. I continue to work with university departments and the WVU Office of Technology Transfer as well as independent inventors. Different department I have spoken to about patent and trademarks include Horticulture, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, General Engineering and Law.
My interaction with the Law School has been quite extensive this year. A new law professor specializing in patents had me train two work-study students to do PubWEST searches for him over the summer. My primary work with the Law School, however, involves the Law School Entrepreneurship Center. During the fall semester I visited their class twice to speak about intellectual property. They occasionally refer clients to speak to me. The clinic and law school occasionally host presentations about intellectual property, and I am invited to attend. The WVU Law School is still involved in the USPTO Law School Clinical Certification Pilot. I was able to meet the director, Melinda DeAtley, when she visited with William Griffin, Deputy Director of the OED. I would love to hear how other PTRCs are working with this program.
As the result of an information literacy grant the two engineering librarians were integrated into Engineering 101. Between the two of us we visited 18 sections (enrollment 730) three times throughout the semester. Hence, one of the sessions I developed, “Intellectual Property for the Engineer,” was heard by 730 aspiring engineers.