Libraries offer access to patent and trademark information

Mesa County Libraries have earned a designation for offering public access to detailed information and databases on patents and trademarks.

Mesa County Libraries is now part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRC) nationwide network of public, state and academic libraries that disseminate patent and trademark information and support the intellectual property needs of the public.

Mesa County Libraries librarians have received specialized training in patent and trademark resources and can assist businesses and the public with research using U.S. Patent and Trademark Office information. The library already offers classes, individual instruction and community programs about digital literacy and various electronic resources, so seeking designation as a PTRC was a natural next step, said Rachel Hanson, head of information services for Mesa County Libraries.

Accessing information about patents and trademarks can help businesses and entrepreneurs determine if someone else has already patented an invention or obtained federal registration for a trademark on a product or service. A PTRC offers access to patent and trademark databases that are more detailed and specialized than those available online.

“I’m super excited about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s collaboration with the library because I think it’s going to be hugely beneficial to our local businesses,” said Julie Morey, director of the Small Business Development Center at the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction. Morey works with local businesses and sees firsthand their needs for patent and trademark information.

Such intellectual property as patents and trademarks is an important part of business, Morey said. Businesses that don’t adequately research patents and trademarks can find themselves the subject of infringement claims, sometimes years into the future. “It’s more important than ever that you do your due diligence or you might be sorry a few years down the road.”

For information about the PTRC and other business-related resources offered at Mesa County Libraries, call 243-4442 or visit www.mesacountylibraries.org.

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