Journal of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Association, Volume 30, 2020

News from PTRCs

Akron, OH

Akron-Summit County Public Library

It has been a wonderful year at the Akron, OH PTRC!

Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

UMass Amherst PTRC continues to gain traction with the on-campus and off-campus community.  Services are provided in-person, over the phone, and through virtual systems.  The Patent Pro Se Virtual Assistance Program continues to get some participants and a number of patrons have been referred to the Patent Pro Bono Program of New England.  Most notably, interest in the many files of paper plant patents, as well as online searching of plant patents, became of importance to a graduate student researching the spread of invasive plants.

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech University

The Georgia Tech Library became a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), then Patent Depository Library (PDL), in 1946. Lisha Li is the current PTRC Representative, and she has been serving in this capacity since 2010.

Austin, TX

University of Texas at Austin

This event happened almost a year ago (as I prepare the text) but it is the biggest thing to happen to us in a long time, so I want to be sure and share.

McKinney Engineering Library; University of Texas at Austin

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.

College Station, TX

Texas A&M

Howdy from the Texas A&M University Business Library & Collaboration Commons, 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.

Dayton, Ohio

Wright State University

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Library has been a PTRC since 2000.  Our PTRC collection is located in the commons area of the main library.  Access to PubWEST and PubEAST is through the Information Desk.  We established a PTRC only workstation area for more privacy.

Highland Heights, KY

Northern Kentucky University
The Highland Heights, Kentucky PTRC at Northern Kentucky University’s Steely Library interacted with nealry 600 customers via face-to-face reference or Zoom virtual reference, college class instruction, campus and community presentations, and workshops. Craig Morris, Managing Attorney for Trademark Educational Outreach at the USPTO, revisited our region on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. He presented a well-received, morning trademark workshop for businesses at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in Ft. Mitchell, KY.

Houston, TX

Rice University

Houston’s PTRC is located in Fondren Library, Kelley Center for Government Information. It is part of the Federal Depository Library at Rice University.

Las Cruces, NM

New Mexico State University

The New Mexico State University PTRC began to pivot this year to more local and state outreach activities. While we continue to receive calls and emails from across the state, we found that our local participation numbers had decreased from the previous year, which may have to do with a lack of awareness of the program and the free tools we offer. As these things can happen, we received several invitations to speak in the Las Cruces area, in particular to the High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico and to Start-up Las Cruces, a local organization that assists new businesses.

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Public Library

My name is Stella Mittelbach and I am the PTRC representative at Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Library on Lower Level 2 in the Science, Technology & Patents Dept. Los Angeles Public Library was among the original 22 PTRCs (then called PTDLs) when the program was established in the 1870s.

Morgantown, WV

West Virginia Unversity

Morgantown, WV

Submitted Founded in 1991, the Evansdale PTRC in Morgantown, WV serves not only our campus’s engineers, agriculturists, and designers, but also health professionals, business students, scientists, young entrepreneurs from West Virginia University, as well as inventors and entrepreneurs throughout the State of West Virginia.  Working as a part of WVU’s IDEA Hub, the Library is an important part of the University’s services to entrepreneurs and innovators who are students, faculty, and citizens of West Virginia. 

Piscataway, NJ

Rutgers University

News from Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

I am Connie Wu, Engineering and Patent Information Specialist at Rutgers University in NJ.

Rochester, NY

Carlson Public Library

Hi all.  My name is Kate Meddaugh and I am the manager of the Carlson PTRC. We’re located in a large public library in downtown Rochester, in the Business Insight Center. We’ve been a PTRC since 1999. The biggest news here is that last July we formed a new division in our library called the Business Insight Center. Our focus is entirely on helping businesses and entrepreneurs start or grow their business and protect their assets. We don’t do any ready reference work anymore and are leaving traditional librarian work behind. We are by appointments only, about 90% of the time.

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah

The University of Utah and the J. Willard Marriott Library have been a PTRC since 1984. With two librarians providing support for the PTRC, we have increased our visibility throughout the state. We have created new promotional materials, increased outreach, and offered more classes.Image 1: Tallie Casucci worked with our graphic design team to create this handout on paperboard stock.

Stillwater, OK

Oklahoma State University