Watch for news and announcements about multiple programs and workshops about intellectual property and related topics.  

Workshops and Seminars for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Educators and Legal Professionals 

Patent Searching for Beginners January 12, 2019 AND April 6, 2019

                Main Library, Third Floor Computer Training Room, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Learn how to search the USPTO’s databases. Learn what forms and information are required in a patent application. Get started on your own patent search.


Trademark Searching for Beginners February 23, 2019 AND May 4, 2019

                Main Library, Third Floor Computer Training Room, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Learn how to create a strong trademark and how to search the USPTO’s trademark database, TESS. We’ll also discuss unusual marks, those with symbols, sounds and even smells.


Inventor’s Council Meetings @ PLCH Main Library

The Inventor's Council of Cincinnati is a nonprofit organization offering support and resources to independent inventors. These quarterly meetings pick up where the Inventor’s Council of Cincinnati monthly meetings left off. We’ll hear from special guest speakers on topics of interest to inventors, entrepreneurs, small business owners and other creative types. Main Library, Huenefeld Tower Room on the third floor, from 7-8:30pm. (Downtown Cincinnati, not Highland Heights, KY.) See for more.

  • March 5, 2019
  • June 4, 2019

Future Workshops & Programs

Watch this site for annoucements for forthcoming winter and spring events.


The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio) and NKU’s Steely Library (in Highland Heights, Kentucky) are staffed with trained specialists who offer courses and assistance in patent and trademark searching.                                                                         

For more information about the intellectual property classes at PLCH Cincinnati Main Library, search PLCH program calendar @ or email

Schedule an appointment for an advanced patent searching consultation via Advanced Patent Searching Consultation with PubWEST/EAST @ NKU Steely Library, Highland Heights, KY. Contact John Schlipp, Intellectual Property Librarian via
/content/inside/library/find/guides/relatedguides/patents.html  NOTE: It is highly recommended to attend one of the workshops listed above or meeting with John Schlipp about USPTO classifications before scheduling an Advanced Patent Searching consultation. John's email contact is .  

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Information on this page and other content from the IPAC website, programs, or services is provided for informational purposes only. Any information provided should not be considered legal advice. The IPAC seeks only to facilitate related information and community connections to further IP awareness. Any information received from IPAC should not substitute for securing legal advice from a licensed attorney.


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