An overview of intellectual property types (patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets), why protecting intellectual property is important, and some U.S. Patent and Trademark Office resources.
How to search for trademarks using the USPTO's new trademark searching platform.
The USPTO administers the Patent and Trademark Resource Center program, a national network of public, state, and academic libraries designated as Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRC), authorized by 35 U.S.C. 12 to:
Fondren Library's PTRC is part of the Kelley Center for Government Information, located in the basement.
PTRC staff can provide:
PTRC staff CANNOT conduct patent or trademark searches on anyone's behalf.
PTRC staff are not attorneys and CANNOT provide legal advice.
Please check Fondren Library's event calendar for the next scheduled PTRC classes, always free and open to the public.
Call (713) 348-5483 and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with the PTRC Representative Hannah Edlund.
It is always best to call ahead before an in-person visit; PTRC staff may be unavailable for assistance due to previous engagements. Please call (713) 348-5483 or email email@example.com for an appointment, so that we can better prepared for your visit. We are located in Fondren Library's basement.
To locate the library and visitor parking lots, visit the Rice University campus maps webpage.
Vew current parking rates and the facilities on the parking webpage.
Rice parking department: (713) 348-2020
Physical address for Rice University: 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005-1827