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  • Like many government agencies, the USPTO uses many acronyms to describe various offices, divisions, and publications. The acronyms listed on this slide are those commonly used in our program office. They are: United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program (PTRCP): The program office that administers the network of PTRCs in United States. Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) Patent and Trademark Depository Library Association (PTDLA): An association consisting of librarians and library staff from the PTRCs. Public Web based examiner search tool (PubWEST): A specialized database available only at the PTRCs. It is similar to the tools patent examiners use while examining an application. It has stronger search capabilities than the USPTO website and special capabilities. Electronic Filing System (EFS): Used to file applications electronically through the USPTO website.
  • Disseminating information about patent and trademarks is where the PTRCP fits into the overall structure and business of the USPTO.
  • PTRCs are authorized under the US Code. It is a formal relationship between the USPTO and the designated library. The $50.00 annual statutory fee is sent to the designated representative and this person is responsible for ensuring it reaches the proper person in administration/finance.
  • 1990 – Trademarks were officially added to the title of the USPTO
  • Both accounts are for the library’s private access directly to our program office. These email addresses are not to be distributed to your patrons or the general public.
  • This number is for the library’s private access directly to our program office. This telephone number should not to be distributed to your patrons or the general public.
  • This number can be given to your patrons or the general public as a contact for the USPTO.
  • These numbers can be given to the general public.
  • Spend a year at USPTO working with our staff. Salary and housing are reimbursed.
  • Each PTRC is individual in their set-up. The location of the PTRC materials can logically kept in a variety of departments with in the library. These are a few examples of services points that offer PTRC services.
  • New product in development – shared space for PTRCs
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    • 1. Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program Jon R. Cavicchi, J.D., LL.M. (IP) Professor & Intellectual Property Librarian
    • 2. Alphabet Soup
      • USPTO
      • PTRCP
      • PTRC
      • PTDLA
      • (and don’t forget PubWEST, EFS,…)
    • 3. USPTO Mission
      • Administer laws relating to patents and trademarks;
      • Advise the Secretary of Commerce, the President of the United States, and the Administration on patent, trademark, and copyright protection; and on trade-related aspects of intellectual property.
    • 4. USPTO Business
      • Examine patent applications and grant patents;
      • Examine trademark applications and register trademarks;
      • Disseminate information about patents and trademarks.
    • 5. What is a PTRC?
      • Authorized under 35 USC 12.
      • A library officially designated by the USPTO to receive and maintain a collection of US. patent and trademark documents for public use.
      • $50.00 annual statutory fee.
    • 6. Selected Milestones of PTRCP
      • 1871 - Printed patents offered to libraries on a depository basis.
      • 1977 - 1st Patent Depository Conference (22 PDLs)
      • 1982 - CASSIS on-line is started.
      • 1990 - PDLP becomes PTDLP.
      • 2000 - Complete backfile of patents provided on DVD-ROM.
      • 2003 – PubWEST introduced to the PTDLs
      • 2004 - Move to Alexandria.
      • 2007 – COMMONS available to PTDLs
      • 2011 - PTDL Program becomes PTRC Program
      • 2011 – CASSIS Products discontinued as information is now fully available on-line.
    • 7. Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program
      • Over 80 Libraries located in 45 States, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia
    • 8. PTRCP Services
      • Train PTRC staff
      • Annual training Seminar for PTRCs
      • Serve as liaison between PTRCs and the USPTO
      • Market PTRC services and standards
    • 9. PTRCP Services (Cont.)
      • E-Mail access to USTPO for PTRCs serve different functions and needs
      [email_address] [email_address]
    • 10. [email_address]
      • This only goes to our office, and is not shared with other PTRC reps.
      • Recommended for specific questions or start-up questions.
        • E.g., “I couldn’t find an image for patent no. 123” or “Remind me how you access PTRCP Commons.”
      • This account is always checked.
    • 11. ALLPTRCS@uspto.gov
      • Use when you need to share your questions with all of the other PTRC representatives
      • E.g., questions that everyone can benefit from other’s experiences
        • “ I’m planning a public program on patent searching, and I would like some advice on getting a good turnout.”
      • This account is always checked.
    • 12. PTRCP Commons
      • A web-based application through which PTRC Librarians and library staff can download:
        • PTRC Program Information
        • Forms
        • Handouts
      • Accessed via a PTRC SecureID website www.uspto.gov/ptdl .
      • See handout for further accessing instructions and content.
    • 13.
      • Your secret help number
      • Option 1, USPTO general help
      • Option 2, PTRC Program office
      • Option 3, equipment support
      • Option 4, PubWest search help
      OPTION TWO PTDLP Office PTRCP Services (Cont.) 1-800-435 -7735
    • 14. ALL OTHER USPTO CUSTOMERS 1-800-PTO-9199 Denver Patron Albany Patron Los Angeles Patron PTRCP Services (Cont.)
    • 15. Need Inventors Assistance Center, Just Ask…
      • 800-PTO-9199 same as 800 786-9199
      • 571 272-1000 (toll call)
      • First customer hears a Recorded Menu
      • Next, wait for a customer service call representative; if they can’t answer the question, ask for…
      • Inventors Assistance Center —staffed by former patent examiners.
    • 16. Need Brochures? Plan Ahead PTRCP Services (Cont.) Support PTRC public seminars and programs
    • 17. PTRCP Services (Cont.)
      • Provide technical and research assistance
      • Develop educational materials
    • 18. KEEP FOREVER and EVER and EVER and EVER PTRCP NUMBERED MEMOS AND E-MAILS
    • 19. PTRCP Services (Cont.) FOR THE PTRCP FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM! Fellowship program
    • 20. PTRC Service Standards
      • To be designated a Patent and Trademark Resource Center, a library must fulfill the following requirements:
      • Assist the public in the efficient use of patent and trademark information resources. 
      • Provide free access to patent and trademark resources provided by the USPTO.
      • Provide metrics on the use of patent and trademark services provided by the member library as stipulated by USPTO. 
      • Provide metrics on outreach efforts conducted by the member library as stipulated by USPTO.
      • Send representatives to attend the USPTO-hosted PTRC training seminars generally held on an annual basis.
    • 21. PTRC Policy on USPTO publications
      • Save all Publications (no matter the format) sent to you as a PTRC by the USPTO.
      • If you received USPTO (or earlier Patent Office) publications prior to becoming a depository, we encourage you to keep those as well.
      • Less used materials may be kept remotely, if access is provided.
      • Questions on publications? Give us a call.
    • 22. PTRC Core Collection
      • U.S. Patent and Trademark Documents
      • Official Gazette and other USPTO reports, manuals, handbooks
      • On-line search tools
      • Video tapes
      • Non-USPTO publications from EPO, JPO, WIPO, etc.
    • 23. Types of PTRC Service Point Departments
      • Patents
      • Science/Technology
      • Law
      • Government Documents
      • Engineering/Physical Sciences
      • Business
    • 24. PTRC Services
      • Focal point for I.P. information dissemination
      • Professional Expertise
      • Assistance with preliminary patent and trademark searching
      • Liaison for inventor groups
      • Information on patent attorneys and agents registered to practice before the USPTO
    • 25. Role of the PTRC Representative
      • Focal point for communication between the PTRC and USPTO
      • Focal point for communication between your customers and USPTO
    • 26. Users of PTRCs
      • Inventors
      • Small and medium sized business owners
      • Attorneys
      • Patent Professionals
      • Student/Faculty
      • Researchers/Engineers
      • Information Brokers
      • Historians
      • Genealogists
    • 27. USPTO Web Site: www.uspto.gov
      • PTRCP maintains its own web pages www.uspto.gov/ptrc
      • All PTRCs are linked from the PTRCP web page
      • Many PTRCs maintain sites dedicated to I.P.
    • 28. Thank You
      • Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) Program
      • United States Patent & Trademark Office
      • 600 Dulany Street, Madison West 4A20
      • P.O. Box 1450
      • Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
      • Phone: (571)272-5750
      • Fax:(571) 273-0088