Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs)
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Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) (formally known as US Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries) are a network of state, public, and academic libraries designated by the USPTO to distribute patent and trademark documents and information to the US public. According to the USPTO website, the program began in 1871 after a federal statute 35 USC 12 funded the distribution of patent documents to libraries across the country for public use. The program begin with 22 libraries and has grown since 1977 to a network of more than 80 libraries. PTRCs inlcude academic libraries (about half), public libraries, state libraries, and even one special research library. The libraries must meet the same requirements to become a PTRC, which are defined in the information brochure "Notes on Becoming a Patent and Trademark Depository Library."
The core mission of the PTRC system is to:
- Disseminate Patent and Trademark Information
- Support Diverse Intellectual Property Needs of the Public
A full directory of all US libraries participating in the PTRC program is available on the USPTO website.
Resources Provided by a PTRC
PTRCs provide access to the following electronic search products:
- Optical Disc Products at Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (CASSIS)
- US Patent Database - Available through the USPTO website (PatFT and AppFT)
- Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) - Available on USPTO website
- Trademark Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual - Available on USPTO website
September 2011 - According to a press release from the USPTO, US Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries will be known as Patent and Trademark Resource Centers beginning on October 1, 2011.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Mission." USPTO website, http://www.uspto.gov/products/library/ptdl/mission.jsp. Accessed August 19, 2011.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "History and Background." USPTO website, http://www.uspto.gov/products/library/ptdl/background/index.jsp. Accessed August 19, 2011.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "PTDL Basic Materials and Services." USPTO website, http://www.uspto.gov/products/library/ptdl/services/index.jsp#PrtdMaterials. Accessed August 19, 2011.
- ↑ "USPTO Rebrands National Library Network as Patent and Trademark Resource Centers." USPTO website. Published September 28, 2011. http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2011/11-52.jsp. Accessed September 29, 2011.