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USPTO Opens New IP Resource Center

The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today opened a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in Smithtown, New York, at the Smithtown Library to better serve the intellectual property (IP) needs of the public.

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 customers including inventors, IP attorneys/agents, business people, researchers, entrepreneurs, students, and historians.

In addition to offering free electronic services and resources to support the IP needs of local and state patrons, the Smithtown Library PTRC will employ USPTO-trained librarians to provide customer assistance on the use of the agency's patent and trademark databases and public seminars on IP 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.

For a list of current PTRC libraries and locations, visit www.uspto.gov/ptrc. These libraries can be found throughout the country, including the Akron-Summit County Public Library in Akron, Ohio and Cleveland Public Library in Cleveland, Ohio.

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