USPTO Designates Kentucky Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

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Center now open to support intellectual property needs of inventors and entrepreneurs

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced the opening of a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the W. Frank Steely Library of Northern Kentucky University located in Highland Heights, Kentucky. PTRCs, located across the United States, assist the public in learning more about patents and trademarks with reference assistance and training programs, serve as the local face of the USPTO, and promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

PTRCs span a nationwide network of public, state and academic libraries. They support inventors, intellectual property (IP) attorneys and agents, businesses, researchers, entrepreneurs, students, historians and the general public by making resources accessible to those who are unable to travel to the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Va. s Resource centers provide a host of  free services, including assistance in accessing and using patent and trademark documents, training on USPTO databases, access to the USPTO website, and hosting public seminars on intellectual property topics for both novice and experienced innovators.

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) is a growing metropolitan university of nearly 16,000 students located on a suburban campus near Cincinnati. The W. Frank Steely Library’s Intellectual Property Awareness Center provides reference support and outreach related to patents, trademarks and copyright.  The library’s Creative Thinking program provides K-12 students with information related to plagiarism and seeks to build awareness of IP concepts.  In addition to offering free electronic services and resources designed to support the IP needs of local and state customers, the Highland Heights Patent and Trademark Resource Center will provide customer assistance on the use of the agency’s patent and trademark databases. A grand opening celebration and free public seminar will be held at the Steely Library on December 5, 2013.

The modern PTRC network began in 1871 when federal law first provided for the distribution of printed patents to libraries for use by the public. The addition of the W. Frank Steely Library to the PTRC network makes the total 84 resource centers located in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. A list of current PTRC libraries can be found on the USPTO's website at www.uspto.gov/ptrc

For further information on USPTO’s Patent and Trademark Resource Centers, please contact Christine Kitchens at (571) 272-5750, or christine.kitchens@uspto.gov. 

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