2012 has been both a year of change and a year of business as usual for us here at the Akron Summit County Public Library, Science and Technology Department. First, we got a new supervisor in Monique Mason in September. Monique replaced Valerie Sherman when Valerie was promoted to the Collection Development Department. We are very happy for Monique and welcome her as our new supervisor. We are currently rearranging our Main Library, combining departments etc. Continue reading
The most exciting thing happening at the New York State Library is that business is going up. We are receiving more patent and trademark questions, and more of those by e-mail.
This past year I continued to learn about patents and trademarks since becoming the PTRC representative in 2009. UMass Amherst has been part of the PTRC program since 1984 and throughout that time a number of different people have been involved with the program. At this point in time I am the only person involved with patent and trademarks but am part of a larger team that deals with government information in general.
I am located in the Science & Continue reading
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 had a visit from Resource Supervisory Examiners (SPE) Ram Shukla and Matthew Daniels from the USPTO Detroit Satellite office. They presented to two Engineering classes and met with faculty affiliated with the Entrepreneurship program. We also participated in the USPTO Saturday Patent Seminar at the USPTO Detroit Satellite office. Continue reading
Collaborating with the Inventors Association of Georgia (IAG), the PTRC at the Georgia Tech Library organized the “Inventing the Future 2012” – a whole day seminar in the brand new Clough Commons building, on Saturday, April 21, 2012, About 160 enthusiastic inventors, students and professionals participated in the seminar which covered topics such as how the new law (the American Invent Act) affects inventors; provisional application for patents best practices; technology commercialization and licensing, as well as tips for manufacturing and business development. Continue reading
The Auburn PTRC made several changes during the year. After considering the options, we closed down our CASSIS collection and now provide reference from online sources. I am using the PubWEST system more and more, and I really like the Grid which allows me to sort results by patent classification. I hope that this becomes the standard for disseminating patent information in the future.
I trained my colleagues in patent searching and the basics of IP in December. Continue reading
The Government Documents Department in the Birmingham Public Library experienced a change in leadership during 2012. The Department, which houses the Patent and Trademark collection, was combined with the Southern History Department in August. The current department head is Ben Petersen. He replaces Jim Murray, who successfully assisted a patron last year in filing for a trademark for a cartoon character.
Our library set-up and activated a new PubWEST workstation. We began planning for our PubEAST interface launch. Our PTRC representative created a multi-media Subject Guide for patents, trademarks, and copyrights; it can be found on the BECPL website.
Our PTRC representative created a narrated power point presentation for a class of LIS students enrolled in an online government documents course. The presentation was focused on providing patent assistance, with search and indexing information included. Continue reading
The Wyoming State Library (WSL) became a PTRC in 2005. I am the sole staff member within the PTRC, and additionally manage the Federal Depository Library Program here at WSL. We are the only PTRC in the state and consequently, serve the entire population of Wyoming. Our state population is approximately 544,000. As a consequence, the majority of my service is distance (phone and email) versus one-on-one interactions here at WSL.
Our PTRC website includes our service information, Continue reading
The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (PLCH) houses the Patent Resource Center in the Information & Reference Department. One librarian oversees the collection, teaches the classes about Intellectual Property and patent searching, and answers most of the public’s questions about patents, trademark and copyright.
Linda Kocis, Intellectual Property Librarian at PLCH, and John Schlipp, Intellectual Property Librarian at Northern Kentucky University (NKU), collaborated on programs for the NKU BookFest on May 4th. Continue reading
Greetings to my treasured PTRC Colleagues. I am so sorry that I am unable to be with you this year. But I KNOW you will have a great time and you will learn so much.
It has been a pretty typical year for me here at Clemson. I am still the Engineering Reference Librarian, and the primary contact for all things related to intellectual property. Due to retirements and some successful recruiting, we have added two new positions in our Unit – one for e-Science, Continue reading
Greetings from the Texas A&M University West Campus (Business) Library, home of the College Station, Texas PTRC. We have been with the PTRC Program since December 22, 1983. In the past year, Ron Hambric, who has worked with the PTDL/PTRC for many years, retired and we wish him the best. Boyd Conerway has been hired to assist Jared Hoppenfeld with all things PTRC. The highlight of the year was our Patent & Trademark Day, which took place on February 20, Continue reading
Out-going Patent Librarian Steven Gaither helped coordinate a USPTO “America Invents Act Roadshow” at Dallas Public Library. The audience of 170 attendees included patent attorneys, patent agents, and independent inventors.
Patent Librarian Greg Browder attended the Texas Inventors Association meetings in July and November, where he networked with local inventors and distributed information from the Dallas Public Library’s PTRC. During introductory remarks at the July meeting, Association President and Patent Attorney Robert Wise commended the PTRC as a useful resource for area inventors. Continue reading
The Paul Laurence Dunbar Library has been a PTRC since 2000. Our PTRC collection is stored in the Information Commons area of the main library. In 2012, we had a nice round number of 495 requests for patent and trademark information through email, telephone, appointments and a few IMs. Class and community presentations were well attended with 305.
Our continued relationship with the Small Business Development Centers in the region is bringing additional patrons to us. Continue reading
The last year has been a busy one for us. All of Michigan was proud and excited when the first USPTO Detroit Satellite Office opened on June 13. The opening ceremony was well attended. Thanks to this, our visibility as a PTRC was enhanced. We participated in the Detroit Maker Faire on July 28, sharing an information booth with the USPTO. Our HYPE Teen Center also had a booth, displaying the creations from our DIY group, Continue reading
My name is Eileen Fischlschweiger, and I’ve been the Fort Lauderdale PTRC Representative for sixteen years, having worked at the PTRC in the capacity of Patent and Trademark Librarian for eighteen years. I have been a librarian with the Broward County Library System for over 24 years. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in both Chemistry and Physics (double major). I also have a Master’s degree in Communications, a considerable amount of graduate level coursework in Education, Continue reading