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UNH Law Hosts Grand Opening of Patent & Trademark Resource Center with Full Day of Public Events

UNH Law Hosts Grand Opening of Patent & Trademark Resource Center with Full Day of Public Events

Opening activities focus on electronic access to patent and trademark information and training for inventors, entrepreneurs, businesses, venture capitalists, and lawyers.

The University of New Hampshire School of Law Library, recently designated as the New Hampshire Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), will host a Grand Opening on Thursday, November 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and UNH Law have a wide range of activities planned to appeal to New Hampshire inventors, entrepreneurs, investors, and lawyers. This free day of events is open to anyone interested in learning more about intellectual property. CLE credits are pending.

PTRCs serve as the face of the USPTO 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.

We look forward to working with the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and its Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, to better serve New Hampshire's IP community.

David Kappos
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
Director of the USPTO

Currently, PTRC-designated libraries can be found in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This network of more than 80 public, academic, state and special libraries assists a variety of patrons including inventors, intellectual property attorneys/agents, business people, researchers, entrepreneurs, students, and historians.

In addition to offering free electronic services and resources designed to support the intellectual property needs of local and state patrons, the UNH Law Patent and Trademark Resource Center will employ USPTO-trained librarians to provide customer assistance on the use of the agency’s patent and trademark databases and public seminars on intellectual property topics for novice and experienced users.

The modern PTRC network has its foundations in the 1800s, when Congress provided printed copies of patents to libraries for use by the public.  The USPTO established training support and membership standards for these diverse libraries in 1977.

The grand opening will feature two USPTO experts, Douglas Salser and Michael Hydorn, who will present the following sessions: “Primer on Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs, IP Professionals and Inventors”; “Essential USPTO Web Tools for Success”; “Searching Patents and Trademarks;" and "Using your IP to Leverage Capital."

Douglas Salser has been with the USPTO for over 38 years, and is currently the Manager of the Public Search Facility. He holds a BS in Physics, and a MS in Technology Management. He is a former patent examiner, patent classifier, project manager and management analyst.

Michael Hydorn has been with the USPTO for 21 years, and is currently an Analyst for the PTRC program office. He holds a BS in Chemistry & Marine Biology, a MS in Asymmetric Organic Synthesis, Biophysics & Molecular Genetics, a PhD in Biological Oceanography and a PhD & DSc in Medicinal Chemistry. He is a former patent examiner, and manager of the Partnership PTDL program.

To register, or for more information, contact Jacqueline Lawrie at Jacqueline.Lawrie@law.unh.edu.

For more information on the Grand Opening, visit: http://law.unh.edu/events/2012/11/patent-and-trademark-resource-center-grand-opening

For more information on UNH Law’s PTRC Services, visit: http://library.law.unh.edu/PTRC