HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2013) – Northern Kentucky University has been appointed as a designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center, representing the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRC) are a nationwide network of public, state, special and academic libraries authorized to disseminate patent and trademark information. They also support inventors, intellectual property attorneys/agents, business people, researchers, entrepreneurs, students, historians and members of the general public who are not able to visit the USPTO’s offices in Alexandria, Va. As a newly designated PTRC, NKU’s Intellectual Property Awareness Center (IPAC) at the Steely Library will be able to offer the same resources found at the public search facility in Alexandria.
Steely Library joins a limited family of 84 PTRCs nationwide and is only the second in Kentucky. (The other is located at the Louisville Free Public Library.)
In celebration of the new designation, Steely Library is holding a grand opening event on Dec. 5. On that date, experts from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will present a free workshop to introduce basic information about researching and protecting intellectual property.
The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In addition to the newly designated PTRC, the IPAC also serves as a Center of Excellence for the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries and is an official Center of Excellence archive and repository for all the publications issued by the U.S. Copyright Office. Among this collection are the Catalogue of Copyright Entries since 1906, which are helpful for tracking down a copyright holder for permission to use copyrighted works.