This year the UMass Amherst PTRC continued to serve the community in spite of the UMass Amherst Libraries being closed to the community. Questions and consultations were answered over email, the phone, and via Zoom consultations. With the libraries closed, and very few staff working on-site, an opportunity arose to do some work that otherwise would be impossible while patrons were in the building. A project was undertaken to move the plant patents and create a more inviting and colorful space. Continue reading
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. Leena Lalwani is the PTRC rep and provides the service along with her other engineering librarian colleagues Paul Grochowski, Jamie Niehof and Joanna Thielen who is our newest engineering librarian. Leena Lalwani was part of the Center for Entrepreneurship panel at Washtenaw Community College in Fall 2019 which was attended by students and the community at large and in the Winter 2020 she also presented at the Lyon Township Public library. Continue reading
The Georgia Tech Library joined the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), then Patent Depository Library (PDL), in 1946. Lisha Li is the current representative.
The year 2020 was not a normal one for every one of us. In mid-March 2020, we had to switch to remote working abruptly due to the pandemic and everyone coped with the sudden change. With support from colleagues and the Library, we were able to continue our monthly patent classes, Continue reading
Greetings from the Austin (Texas) PTRC. I’m Larayne Dallas, Engineering Librarian at the University of Texas at Austin. At UT-Austin, PTRC services are offered through the Engineering Library; the library has been part of the program since 1983. I have been on the staff — and associated with the program — for 34 years. Though I am the designated staff member for PTRC services, Lydia Fletcher, the Physics-Math-Astronomy Librarian, has a significant role in providing patent information as contact for junior-level design classes in the College of Engineering. Continue reading
College Park PTRC is based in the University of Maryland STEM Library, formerly the Engineering Library, which combined with the Charles E White Chemistry Library in 2018. Jim Miller has been PTRC Rep since 1998, after our founding Rep Judy Erickson, retired. I am sorry to report that Judy died July 18, 2020, but a few of the EPSL “Old Guard” were fortunate to join her for a reunion lunch in late 2019, before the pandemic. Continue reading
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 our Information Desk. Our PTRC workstation is in a standalone area for more privacy.
In August 2020, our library building opened to the public but reference services continued to be provided remotely. This included the PTRC. I held 2 public WebEx programs on patents and trademarks with a total attendance of 11. Continue reading
My name is Eileen Fischlschweiger and I’ve been the patent and trademark librarian for the Fort Lauderdale Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the Broward County Main Library for 26 years, and the PTRC representative for 24 years. I have been a librarian with Broward County Library for over 32 years. My undergraduate degree is Bachelor of Science, with a double major in both Chemistry and Physics. I also have a Master’s degree in Communications, Continue reading
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Highland Heights PTRC customer activity and outreach remained steady with 85 one-on-one virtual customer meetings, and multiple presentations for groups thanks to Zoom. Onsite PTRC rep John Schlipp supports intellectual property awareness for our Northern Kentucky University (NKU) campus customers, as well as the regional community including nearby Cincinnati, Ohio and the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Campus and community constituents this year included patent and trademark clients referred to us from NKU’s Institute for Health Innovation; Continue reading
The Hawaii State Library has been a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) since December 18, 1989. Our PTRC is a part of the Federal Documents Section, a selective Federal depository since May 31, 1929. We are also a passport acceptance facility since July 15, 2003.
Emily Dovermann is the PTRC representative. Due to a wave of COVID-19 retirements and the statewide hiring freeze, all other PTRC staff members except Emily—Ashley Kajioka, Mark Orimoto and Emelinda Casco—are on temporary assignments to fill the vacancies in other sections within the library. Continue reading
Michigan Technological University’s J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library in Houghton, MI has been home to a PTRC since 2013. Annelise Doll, Scholarly Communications Librarian, has served as the representative since 2019. Despite the complications brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Annelise has continued to faithfully provide virtual services for consultations and groups via phone, email, and zoom.
On October 7th, 2020, Annelise partnered with Michigan Tech’s Husky Innovate Program to offer the 2nd annual “Protect Your Innovation” zoom workshop to the program’s undergraduate students. Continue reading
Our PTRC is located in the Science, Technology, and Patents Department on Lower Level 2 of Central Library in downtown Los Angeles. We are among the first PTRCs since the 1870s.
Before we closed for the pandemic on March 14, 2020, our PTRC partnered with the Los Angeles SBA and the non-profit organization, Bet Tzedek, in February to put on a program on intellectual property. A local IP attorney gave a great talk and 23 people attended. Continue reading
The Minneapolis Central Library (Hennepin County Library system) was designated as a PTRC in the fall of 1980.
Walt Johnson began working at Minneapolis Central in 1994 and was the 13th PTRC Fellowship Librarian from Oct 2002-2004.
Amelia Cohoes began working at Minneapolis Central Library in 2017 and was the 30th PTRCP Fellowship Librarian from August 2018 – July 2019.
Like everyone else, we weathered the unexpected changes COVID hath wrought onto our PTRC this past year. Continue reading
Since 1991 the Evansdale Library at West Virginia University has served inventors and innovators. Our patrons are not only from campus’s engineers, agriculturists, designers, health professionals, business students, scientists, and young entrepreneurs but also from across our state reaching entrepreneurs and innovators. 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. Although I have been working remotely since March 2020, Continue reading
The Orlando PTRC has been located at the John C. Hitt Library at the University of Central Florida since December 30, 1988. This has been an unusual year in more ways than one. Like most libraries, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to close our doors and move nearly all in-person services to remote-only. Working from home, while initially difficult, has fostered an interesting kind of intimacy, allowing us through Teams meetings to get a glimpse of our coworkers’ lives via their home offices, Continue reading
The Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia system has been the Philadelphia PTRC’s home since 1986. The PTRC is part of the newly renovated Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) space of the library, which has ample space for those inventors, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and job seekers who want to take advantage of the department’s classes, events, one-on-one-appointments, study areas and meeting capacity.
This has been a challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Continue reading
- As the Representative for USPTO’s PTRC, Rutgers University in Piscataway, I have been extremely busy with patron trainings, references, database searching and answering AAL and Ref Chat question about IP. Based on reference statistical report, out of 668 reference questions answered by me between Jan.1, 2020 and Feb, 25 2021, I provided answers to 71 IP related questions. Most of the IP questions and training needed more than one hour to accomplish.