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Steely Library’s IPAC was officially designated as a PTRC (Patent & Trademark Resource Center) in 2013. PTRCs are a nationwide network of libraries that are designated by the USPTO (US Patent & Trademark Office) to disseminate patent and trademark information and to support the varied intellectual property needs of the public. Steely Library’s IPAC assists both campus and community customers with queries and instruction regarding patents and trademarks, but IPAC does not provide legal advice.

As a PTRC, Steely Library’s IPAC provides search tools and collections comparable to what the USPTO provides in Alexandria, VA. The IPAC offers free public access to large up-to-date collections of patent and trademark databases, pertinent search and reference resources, helpful knowledgeable staff, and confidentiality. The IPAC at Steely Library can assist you with the following:

Questions about how to cite patents in your scholarly research or preliminary patent searching records? See Patent Citations guide within the IP Basics section of this site.

For further information, view our site or contact Intellectual Property Librarian, John Schlipp. Otherwise, please telephone Steely Library at 859.572.5457.

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