University of New Hampshire

School of Law

UNH Law Library Designated an Official Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Businesses and inventors in New Hampshire now have access to expert assistance in researching patents for their inventions and innovations: The University of New Hampshire School of Law Library has officially been designated a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The UNH Law Library is the only such designated center in the state and is now part of a nationwide network of public, state and academic libraries designated as PTRCs, which are authorized by Congress to disseminate patent and trademark information and support diverse intellectual property needs of the public. This designation acknowledges UNH Law as a top training law school for intellectual property professionals. UNH Law boasts the only academic dedicated Intellectual Property Law School Library in the United States.

The PTRC Program has been in existence since 1871 to provide public access to patents. UNH Law Professor and Intellectual Property Librarian Jon Cavicchi, who has taught patent searching for two decades, will serve as the designated expert to inventors and businesses around the state, providing

    Access and orientation to the web-based and private PubWest database for patent searching;
    Historical patent resources;
    Patent searching guides and other reference materials on intellectual property;
    USPTO-trained staff to answer patent and trademark questions;
    Classes and events related to intellectual property; and
    Referrals to further assist in the pursuit of patents.

This designation supports the UNH School of Law’s mission of furthering social justice by facilitating access to U.S. patents, which arguably leads to increased innovation for the citizens of New Hampshire. It also provides access to the patent searching system used by examiners, which will allow students to be trained on this system and supports the law school's educational mission.

“PTRCs serve as the face of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on a local level and promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that ensures that potential filers have the resources necessary to draw on for support as they begin their quest for commercial success with their intellectual property,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos. “We look forward to working with the University of New Hampshire School of Law, formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center, to better serve New Hampshire’s IP community.”

UNH Law’s services are both physical and virtual: Many of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center’s resources are available on the open web, and people are also welcome to visit the UNH Law Library and use the PTRC Work Station Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on how to use the PTRC at UNH Law, please visit http://library.law.unh.edu/PTRC or call Professor Cavicchi at (603) 513-5139.

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