Patents and trademarks: the basics for librarians


Do you work with patrons who have questions about patents or trademarks?  Have you wondered about how these types of intellectual property differ?  Please join us on Thursday, May 5 from 2:00-3:30 for “Patents and Trademarks:  Basics for Librarians” in Davis 133.

Michele Hayslett, Librarian for Numeric Data Services and Data Management, will discuss the basics of of patents, including what they are and what they protect, how they are granted, and some information on searching for patents.  Agnes Gambill, a second year law student and a Scholarly Communications Office research assistant, will discuss how trademarks are formed, what they protect, and some information about how to search for trademarks that have been registered.  I’ll contribute some information on how and why patents and trademarks differ from copyrights.

Both presenters are well-placed to address these subjects.  Michele previously worked as the depository librarian for patents and trademarks at NCSU.  Agnes is completing some work in the law school’s trademark clinic, where she assists small business owners who are seeking to register their trademarks.

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