Journal of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Association, Volume 25, 2015

News from PTRCs

Houston, TX

Rice University

Kathy WeimerThe PTRC at Fondren Library, Rice University has had a busy year full of changes. We have been working on renovating our area since last spring and now have a much larger instruction space for our monthly patent search classes for area inventors. On January 20, we were happy to welcome Kathy Weimer (shown on the left) as the new head of our department which also has a new name, the Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services.

Madison, WI

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison PTRCWendt Commons Library serves the UW College of Engineering, Computer Science, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, and Statistics. The library has been a PTDL/PTRC since 1976.

The PTRC representative is Nancy Spitzer. Jody Hoesly, who is Wendt’s Assistant Director for Information Services, also specializes in patent and trademark information.

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Central Library

At the Minneapolis Central library we continued to assist Minnesota inventors, small business owners and entrepreneurs in 2014. In addition to my monthly “patent talk” we once again partnered with LegalCORPS to offer Traps & Pitfalls in Intellectual Property and Writing & Filing a Provisional Patent Application several times throughout the year.

On November 17th we were one of six PTRCs to host the Detroit Regional Roadshow, focusing largely on the AIA trials. About 50 people attended.

Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University

Name That TrademarkEvansdale 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. Independent as well as university inventors come to the Evansdale Library for assistance. I continue to work with university departments and the WVU Office of Technology Transfer as well as independent inventors.

Orlando, FL

University of Central Florida

In addition to assisting individuals with patent and trademark searching, my job responsibilities as a Reference Librarian at the University of Central Florida include face-to-face and telephone reference service, collection development, and library instruction. The individuals I usually assist with patent and trademark questions are community members and students. At UCF, there is a department called the Office of Research and Commercialization. If a professor has a patent idea, s/he will work with the Research side of the Office of Research and Commercialization.

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah

Dave MorrisonThe Salt Lake City PTRC is part of the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. The Marriott Library was first designated a Patent Depository Library (PDL) in 1984 – trademarks were not yet a part of the Patent Depository program. In subsequent years we were renamed a Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL), and now a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC).

San Diego, CA

San Diego Public Library

San Diego Public LibraryGary Klockenga continues as the PTRC representative. We have been in our new building for over a year already! The increased visibility of the new building, with improved signage, has resulted in a marked increase in the number of patent and trademark inquiries and searchers. In addition, the arrival our 3d printers and maker station space have also generated a lot of interest in intellectual property.

Seattle, WA

University of Washington

PTAB RoadshowThe Seattle PTRC and the University of Washington Libraries hosted the PTAB roadshow in May. The USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) AIA Trial Roundtable was one of a series of events held across the country to share information about new AIA (America Invents Acts) trials and to solicit feedback on the new rules and procedures. Presentations and panel discussions were made by USPTO personnel, including administrative patent judges, and local practitioners.

Stillwater, OK

Oklahoma State University

The Oklahoma State University Library has been a Patent and Trademark Depository Library since 1956. We are housed in the main University Library and are part of the Government Documents Department, a regional depository for federal government documents. I am acting as interim head for government documents, so this has been taking a bit of time this past year!

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University

The Patent and Trademark Resource Center at Purdue University, West Lafayette has expanded its instructional potential with the addition of David Zwicky, the new Chemical Information Specialist and Assistant Professor of Library Science in late September. In October and November, David joined Charlotte Erdmann, Purdue’s PTRC Representative, in preparing and presenting three 90 minute workshops for students who participated in the local Soybean Competition.

Wichita, KS

Wichita State University

The Wichita PTRC at Wichita State University Libraries has been in transition during 2014. After the retirement of Nan Myers in 2013, Associate Dean Rhonda Huisman assumed responsibility in early 2014 as the PTRC Representative. Jo Gregg-Plumb, long-time library assistant to our PTRC, handled incoming inquiries and met with many of our patrons during this past year, as well as updated our LibGuides and web resources. In addition, Huisman was instrumental in bringing up PubWest for the use of patent searchers.