Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis Public Library

The Saint Louis Public LibraryThe Saint Louis Public Library was one of the original 22 Patent and Trademark Depository libraries in 1870. The PTRC continues to provide intellectual property services to individual inventors throughout the state of Missouri. We are open seven days a week. Beginning at 10 a.m., from Monday to Thursday when we close at 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays we are open until 6 p.m. Sundays I work 1 to 5 p.m., so that the PTRC is available seven days a week.

This past year has been a busy one. In 2014, our Technology staff dedicated two computers in our PTRC Science/Technology Room for direct access to PubEast searching, plus the USPTO web site http://www.uspto.gov. This works exceptionally well, as PTRC customers then have access to Patent and Trademark information, including advanced searches. There are also two reference computers in our PTRC that have also access to the USPTO web site.

Last June 2014, I offered for the first time, in collaboration with a local community college professor, a patent and trademark workshop “African-American Youth Inventors”. It was repeated in October, 2014. We had twenty participants for these workshops. As well, I offered two other new workshops, one on PubEast searching, and the second on Trademarks. Professor Patricia Lee, the Coordinator of the new Trademark Legal Clinic at the Saint Louis University School of Law, began this program in September 2014. Two participants for the new Trademark workshop drove two hours from Columbia, MO to attend. Besides these new workshops, I also continue to teach quarterly a general patent and trademark workshop.

On January 28, 2015, I was a guest of Professor Patricia Lee at a Saint Louis University School of Law luncheon for William Griffin, Deputy Director, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, USPTO, when he came to visit the Saint Louis University School of Law. He was impressed with their new Trademark pro-bono program.

On February 19, 2015, a new pro-bono patent program was announced. This is a major resource that will help many of our patent applicants. We can now recommend our PTRC Customers to either check with Saint Louis University School of Law for a pro-bono trademarks or to this new option of pro-bono patent Missouri attorneys.

As with other PTRCs, in January, 2014, we began submitting metrics for the USPTO. Thanks to a new SLPL PTRC blog, it was possible to add more detailed online use metrics. Events, links, and information on intellectual property are posted on this web site.

As a Director of the Saint Louis Inventors Association, I attended Executive Board meetings and helped with the kick-off of our new public meeting location: “The Venture Café”, where we now have from 100 to 300 inventors and entrepreneurs. This new platform for meeting has increased the attendance of the Saint Louis Inventors Association. Finally, it was exciting to now have our PTRC advertised on our Central Library’s electronic discovery wall, the Library’s Facebook site, and a glossy SLPL PTRC bookmark! It has been a productive year of positive changes.

Submitted by Spruce Fraser, President 2014-2015, PTRCA