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UCR Houses Patent and Trademark Records

University of California, Riverside Libraries Designated as U.S. Patent and Trademark Depository

Access in the Inland Empire will support needs of inventors and entrepreneurs

(October 9, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -— The Inland Empire has a new resource, a depository of all the nation’s patent and trademark records, housed at the UC Riverside Libraries.

Starting Oct. 21, the Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL) will provide access to complete digital collections of over seven million patents and more than four million active or pending trademark registrations, to support the needs of inventors and entrepreneurs. This is the only such resource in the Inland region and the only one based at a University of California campus. It is one of only six in California.

A grand opening is set for Thursday, Oct. 25 at the UC Riverside Extension Center, which will include a free seminar for anyone who would like to know how to use patent and trademark resources. A free seminar for the business community will also be held on the morning of Tuesday, October 23rd at the UC Riverside, Palm Desert Graduate Center.

“We were invited to apply because of the amount of patent activity going on in the Inland Empire,” said Ruth M. Jackson, University Librarian. “This is an invaluable resource for the Inland Empire because it will provide easier access to both national and international patent and trademark information for the use of local inventors, researchers, entrepreneurs, and the general public to help stimulate economic development and invention. It is another part of UCR’s ongoing role as an economic engine for the region with resources related to transferring technology and inventions to the marketplace.”

The new PTDL gives Southern California area students, faculty, researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs convenient access to the wealth of information contained in patent and trademark documents. In the past decade, more than 350 patents and trademarks have been filed each year in the Inland region.

The new PTDL will be located in Rivera Library, which also serves as a Government Publications depository for U.S. and California state documents.

USPTO’s patent and trademark depository library program is a nationwide network of public, state and academic libraries authorized to disseminate patent and trademark information and to support inventors, intellectual property attorneys and agents, business people, researchers, entrepreneurs, students, historians and the general public who are not able to come to USPTO's offices in Arlington, Va.

Services at the libraries are free, and include assistance in accessing and using patent and trademark documents, training on USPTO databases, obtaining access to the USPTO Web site, and hosting public seminars on intellectual property topics for novice and experienced innovators.

The patent and trademark depository library program began in 1871 when federal law first provided for the distribution of printed patents to libraries for use by the public. The addition of the UCR Libraries to the PTDL network makes a total of 85 libraries located in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. A list of all the current libraries can be found on USPTO's Web site at

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