Georgia Southern Libraries designated as U.S. Patent and Trademark Resource Center, supports community inventors and entrepreneurs

Lane Library on the Armstrong campus in Savannah. The Georgia Southern University Libraries have been designated a Patent and Trademark Resource Center by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Georgia Southern University Libraries has been designated a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. PTRCs comprise a network of 84 libraries across the country that disseminate patent and trademark information and support the diverse intellectual property needs of the public. Georgia Southern Libraries is one of two officially named PTRCs in Georgia.

“This designation represents Georgia Southern Libraries as the local face of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and helps foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship,” said John Schlipp, head of Georgia Southern’s Henderson Library Research Services. “Our PTRC designation allows Georgia Southern Libraries’ research clients access to the extensive resources made available by the US Patent and Trademark Office. This new library service helps inventors and entrepreneurs protect their intellectual property, which ranges from patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights.”

Inventors or entrepreneurs using Georgia Southern’s new PTRC service can determine the potential for their patent applications and state registration of a trademark for their products or services.

Schlipp will also work with the university’s Business Innovation Group and other regional like-minded organizations. With three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, and Hinesville and two major libraries—the Zach S. Henderson Library in Statesboro and the Lane Library in Savannah—Georgia Southern is poised to join its other partners in driving innovation across the region.

Visit the Georgia Southern Libraries website for upcoming workshops and sessions for students and community inventors, entrepreneurs and business people to learn more about patents and trademarks.

For more information or to schedule an appointment or class, please contact John Schlipp at [email protected] or (912) 478-7818.

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