Journal of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Association, Volume 27, 2017

News from PTRCs

Akron, OH

Akron-Summit County Public Library

The Akron PTRC, this last year has been a combination of new things and the traditional “business as usual” activities. Our patent team is myself and Michele McNeal. Our newest librarian, Stephanie Jolliff is currently learning to teach the two IP classes we have on a monthly basis. Those are “Introduction to Intellectual Property” and “Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching”.

Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan

The Ann Arbor MI PTRC is located in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library (AAEL) in the Duderstadt Center at the University of Michigan. AAEL houses the Art & Design, Architecture & Urban Planning and Engineering Collections. We provided intellectual property support to our faculty and students including special innovation offices like Tech Transfer, and Medical Innovation from the university and we also worked with independent inventors from the state of Michigan.

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech University

Georgia Tech PTRC was designated in 1946. At least seven librarians have served as a PTRC representative since then. Lisha Li is the current PTRC Representative and patent librarian.

Cheyenne, WY

Wyoming State Library

I am Karen Kitchens the State Publications Librarian at the Wyoming State Library (WSL), located in Cheyenne.

Cincinnati, OH

Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

Linda Kocis is the Intellectual Property Librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. She oversees the Patent & Trademark Resource Center, which is housed in the Information & Reference Department at the Main Library in downtown Cincinnati. In addition to courses in patent and trademark searching, Linda meets with customers individually to answer all types of questions including those about filing applications. Linda also serves as the Secretary on the Board of the Inventor’s Council of Cincinnati.

Clemson, SC

Clemson University

I think I will consider this year a transition year.  I continue to do many of the same activities, but there are some new projects and programs that will come to fruition next year.  So stay tuned.  Here are some highlights from April 2016 – March 2017:

In April we celebrated World Intellectual Property Day with a program highlighting library services surrounding “Digital Creativity.” 

College Station, Texas

Texas A&M University

Howdy from the Texas A&M University West Campus (Business) Library, home of the College Station, Texas PTRC since December 22, 1983.  I, Jared Hoppenfeld, along with assistance from library staff member Boyd Conerway, are happy to assist students, faculty, and community members with their P&T questions; this past year saw a 49% increase in such questions.  I have recently consolidated two old LibGuides into one Patent and Trademark guide within the new LG2 platform.  For the past couple years now, I have presented a 2-hour Patent Pop-Up Session (sponsored by the Engineering Innovati

Dallas, TX

Dallas Public Library

The Dallas Public Library (DPL) in downtown Dallas is just a five-minute drive from the USPTO Texas Regional Office, a 15-minute walk if you are ambitious. Here at DPL we are constantly working on customer service and outreach as part of our strategic plan. This is included in the Patent and Trademark Resource Center goals, and we are striving to help the pro se inventors achieve their goals.

Detroit, MI

Detroit Public Library

Things are going quite well at Detroit Public Library.

The DPL has been a PTRC library since 1871.  We have been proud to carry out the mission of this program and continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  Our customers depend on us for guidance to get them started on their ideas and hopes for success.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Broward County Main Library

My name is Eileen Fischlschweiger.  I’ve worked at the Fort Lauderdale PTRC at the Broward County Main Library in the capacity of Patent and Trademark Librarian for 22 years, and have been the PTRC Representative Librarian for 20 years.  I have been a librarian with the Broward County Library System for over 28 years.  I have a Bachelor of Science degree in both Chemistry and Physics (double major), a Master’s degree in Communications, a considerable amount of graduate level coursework in Education, and a second Master’s degree in Library Science.

Highland Heights, KY

Northern Kentucky University

Our Highland Heights, Kentucky PTRC at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) reached out to over 1,000 constituents this past year via two-dozen community workshops and NKU business/informatics classes, as well as over 100 one-on-one research consultations. IP Librarian John Schlipp taught LIN405 Intellectual Property & Information Rights, a full semester course for our Bachelor’s in Library Informatics degree at NKU. John also presented a workshop to 40 Nursing Professional Instructors at St. Elizabeth Healthcare of Northern Kentucky.

Honolulu, HI

Hawaii State Library

Aloha, and welcome to the Hawaii State Library Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC).  The Hawaii State Library has been a patent and trademark resource center since December 18, 1989.  The PTRC is located within the Federal Document Section of the library.

Houston, TX

Rice University

The PTRC in Fondren Library at Rice University has been busy as usual with monthly patent search classes for area inventors taught alternately by Siu Min Yu and Linda Spiro.  Siu has also taught a few trademark classes and Linda continues to offer an extension to the basic patent searching class.

Minneapolis, MN

Hennepin County Library

Here at the Hennepin County Library I continued to do my monthly patent workshop, alternating between the downtown Central Library and the suburban Southdale Library where I work two days a week.

Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University

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. Independent as well as university inventors come to the Evansdale Library for assistance. I continue to work with university departments, WVU’s LaunchLab, the WVU Law School’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic and the WVU Office of Technology Transfer as well as independent inventors.

Orlando, FL

University of Central Florida

The Orlando PTRC is located in the John C. Hitt Library at the University of Central Florida.  In addition to being the PTRC representative since July 2015, I am also a member of the Research and Information Services department of the UCF Libraries, in which I provide reference services to patrons (at the desk and online), build the collections, and conduct research consultations for the anthropology and sociology departments. As the PTRC representative since July 2015, I also provide more specialized consultations to our patent and trademark patrons in person, by phone, and via email.