Michigan Technological University celebrated the opening of a newly designated center offering information, assistance and tools for entrepreneurs and inventors seeking patent and trademark protection of intellectual property. The day-long event included topics of interest for inventors, entrepreneurs, educators and legal professionals featuring speakers from the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech).
Located in the Van Pelt and Opie Library, on Michigan Tech’s main campus, the Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) will benefit University students, faculty, and staff as well as inventors and independent researchers from the surrounding communities. This center is one of 84 in the United States and one of 45 located in an academic library. Available services include by-appointment individual patent and trademark searching help with trained librarians, access to robust patent-searching databases available only at PTRCs, patent and trademark searching workshops, and books and other helpful materials on the patent and/or trademark application process from beginning to end. Ellen Marks, University Librarian, emphasizes the importance of the PTRC’s services for individuals, groups and businesses located throughout the Upper Peninsula and Eastern Wisconsin — “everyone is welcome to use our services, uncommonly available in rural areas.”
Speakers for the opening day seminar included:
- Michael Hydorn, USPTO Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program
- Jim Baker, Executive Director of Innovation and Industry Engagement, Michigan Tech
- M. Neil Massong, MLS, USPTO Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program
More information contact Instruction Librarian Sarah Lucchesi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-487-3379.