Patent Office Speech – Local Boy Does Good (2013)

Russ Allen, our guest speaker at the 2013 PTRC Annual Seminar, has written an article about his experience with us which he submitted his tool club’s newsletter. When he first wrote it, he asked that we not share or publish the article until after it was published in the newsletter, because he wanted it to be published there first. It turns out that it won’t go into the newsletter until March 2014 so he has given PTRCA permission to post it to our site. Continue reading

CASSIS and USA Disc Retention

This is a list of libraries that have chosen to retain CASSIS and/or the USA Disc products. If your library is in the list, but has since decided to discard or give away these products, you must first contact the PTRC Program Office. Even though they are not taking any back, they have the “right of first refusal” and may be able to find new homes for some collections. If your library is not on this list, Continue reading

2013 PTRCA Election Results

New officers were announced at the 2013 Annual Business Meeting on Thursday April 18th:

Vice-President/President-Elect (3 year commitment): Spruce Fraser
Secretary (1-year commitment): Suzanne Reinman
Academic Divisional Representative (2-year commitment): Connie Wu
Public Divisional Representative (2-year commitment): Mary Kordyban

New officers were announced at the 2013 Annual Business Meeting on Thursday April 18th:

Vice-President/President-Elect (3 year commitment): Spruce Fraser
Secretary (1-year commitment): Suzanne Reinman
Academic Divisional Representative (2-year commitment): Connie Wu
Public Divisional Representative (2-year commitment): Mary Kordyban

2013 PTRCA President’s Report

2012/13 was the first year the Association operated under its new name: the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association. The name was chosen by members to reflect the name change of the Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program to the Patent and Trademark Resource Centers Program. This also reflects the move away from simply collecting depository items and putting them on a shelf to a more interactive place where information can be found and utilized in many formats. Continue reading

Thirty Five Years! (2013)

Spring is fast approaching here in the Washington D.C. area and with spring comes the Annual Patent and Trademark Resource Center Training Seminar. This year we will be celebrating the 35th training seminar.

Spring is fast approaching here in the Washington D.C. area and with spring comes the Annual Patent and Trademark Resource Center Training Seminar. This year we will be celebrating the 35th training seminar.

I can remember the big bash we threw to celebrate our 25th year –dinner at the newly renovated United States Botanic Garden with music by the “Old Time Players,” Jim Miller and David Morrison. Continue reading

Updated Membership Form Now Available (2013)

The updated membership form reflecting our new dues structure has been added to the site. See http://ptrca.org/files/PTRCAmembershipForm073112.pdf. Membership Dues are $50 per year (2012/13) and will rise to $65 per year starting with 2014/15. Currently-enrolled library school students are eligible for affiliate membership at a reduced rate of $10. Membership in PTRCA does not imply an invitation to attend the PTRCP Annual Training Seminar. Membership Dues pay for certain Seminar expenses, publication of the PTRCA Newsletter, Continue reading

2013 PTRCA Elections

With the beginning of the Training Seminar fast approaching, it is time to begin the process of electing Officers and Divisional Representatives. Please consider running or nominating a colleague for a PTRC office. This year we have 4 positions to fill:

  • Vice-President/ President/Past President represents a three-year commitment
  • Secretary, a one-year commitment
  • Academic Divisional Representative, two-year commitment
  • Public Divisional Representative, two-year commitment

With the beginning of the Training Seminar fast approaching, Continue reading

2013 Annual Patent and Trademark Resource Centers Training Seminar

The 35th Annual Patent and Trademark Resource Centers Training Seminar will be held Monday April 15, 2013 through Thursday April 18, 2013 at the USPTO’s Main Campus in Alexandria, Virginia.   Mark your calendars and take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to take part in the 35th year of intellectual property training and networking.

It is not too early to start working with your supervisors and administrators to ensure that your PTRC training is included in your library’s budget for next year.  Continue reading

Message from the President

I write to you today as probably the last President of PTDLA since we voted on a new name, “Patent and Trademark Resources Center Association” (PTRCA), in February and will probably adopt it into our

I write to you today as probably the last President of PTDLA since we voted on a new name, “Patent and Trademark Resources Center Association” (PTRCA), in February and will probably adopt it into our

The Newsletter of the Patent & Trademark Depository Library Association