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Mathematics and Patent Resources: How to be a fluent generalist


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A presentation I did for a guest lecture online for the University of North Texas Department of Library and Information Sciences

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Mathematics and Patent Resources: How to be a fluent generalist

  1. 1. The Mathematical Sciences & Patent and Trademark Resources How to be a Fluent Generalist John J Meier Science Librarian Penn State University
  2. 2. Overview• The Mathematical Sciences – Math Resources – Mathematical Statistics Resources – Related and Multidiciplinary Fields• Patents and Trademarks – In the Library – For the University and Community – Resources
  3. 3. The Mathematical Sciences• Foundation to other scientific disciplines• Pure vs Applied Mathematics• Mathematical Subject Classification (MSC)
  4. 4. Math Resources• MathSciNet• Zentralblatt MATH• Web of Science/Scopus•• Professional Societies – American Mathematical Society (AMS) – Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  5. 5. Mathematical Statistics Resources• Also use MathSciNet, Web of Science, Scopus,• Current Index to Statistics (CIS)• PubMed• Professional Societies – American Statistical Association (ASA) – International Statistical Institute (ISI)
  6. 6. Related and Multidisciplinary Fields• Mathematical Physics• Astronomical Statistics• Engineering• Information Technology• ETCBottom Line: Interdisciplinary subject where Generalists like librarians can be key
  7. 7. Patents and Trademarks• Intellectual Property information• Government Documents• Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries
  8. 8. Patents and Trademarks in the Library• Record of Patents and Trademarks – Print or Microfilm or CD or DVD• Books on Patents and Trademarks – Business, Science, Searching, Inventor resources• Legal Information – Case law defines much of the interpretation of patent and trademark statutes
  9. 9. Patents and Trademarks for the University and the Community• Inventors – Students – Graduate Students, Faculty and Research Staff – Community Residents• Researchers – Science and Engineering – History – Genealogy
  10. 10. Patent and Trademark Resources• US Patent and Trademark Office – Limited online Searching – US Classification Searching – Resources for Businesses and Inventors• European Patent Office ( – Worldwide Patent Information• Google Patents – Full text searching of OCR patents, download PDFs
  11. 11. Bibliography• The Mathematical Sciences “A Guide to Library Service in Mathematics: The Non-trivial Mathematics Librarian” by Anderson and Pausch “Guide to Information Sources in Mathematics and Statistics” by Tucker and Anderson “Magazines for Libraries” Mathematics Chapter by Meier• Patents and Trademarks US Patent and Trademark Indexes and Gazettes Books by NOLO Press “Intellectual property : everything the digital-age librarian needs to know” by Wherry
  12. 12. Webliography• The Mathematical Sciences MathSciNet Zentralblatt Clickable Map of Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC)• Patents and Trademarks US Patent and Trademark Office European Patent Office Google Patents Penn State Patent Search Tutorial
  13. 13. Questions and DiscussionJohn J MeierScience LibrarianPhysical and Mathematical Sciences Library201 Davey Lab, University Park, PA 16802Phone 814-867-1448 | Fax 814-865-2565Email | AIM johnmeier1Online Portfolio