Patent and Trademark Center at Michigan Tech

A day-long orgram of special seminars was offered for university people to find the information to protect intellectual property. This free Seminar was for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Educators and Legal Professionals featuring Speakers from the United States Patent & Trademark Office and Michigan Technological University.

Located in the Van Pelt and Opie Library, the PTRC will benefit University students, faculty, and staff as well as inventors and independent researchers from the surrounding communities. Services offered will 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: Overview of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets:
    Technology Transfer at Michigan Tech
  • Jim Baker, Executive Director of Innovations and Industry Engagement, Michigan Tech: Technology Transfer
  • M. Neil Massong, MLS, USPTO Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program:
    Conducting a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search Using USPTO Databases

More information about intellectual property and patents is available at the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC)