Dallas, TX

During the past 12 months, the Government Information Center at the Dallas Public Library has continued to offer intellectual property programs to local inventors. In October, Government Information Center paired with the Business and Technology Division to provide reference service in both units.

Approximately every other month, the division hosts One-to-One: Questions and Answers, a program we have hosted continuously since 1998, made possible currently by the generous endeavors of patent attorney Bob Wise. During the 20-minute sessions, Bob answers questions from individual inventors in a private setting. Bob is a former patent examiner and the president of the Texas Inventors Association. The program tends to be booked to capacity with a waiting list each time it is offered.

We continued our offering of annual workshops in September 2010 by providing a program called Patents: The Launchpad for Entrepreneurs. Patent Agent and inventor Robert Frantz developed the program, which provided important information inventors should consider in taking inventions to market. The program included information about the significance of the 2008 Berkeley Patent Survey (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id-1429049) for individual inventors seeking patents. The discussion was lively, and the information was appreciated by the attendees.


- Steven Gaither