Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

June 2006


Presentations sponsored by the Patent and Trademark Depository Library Association (PTDLA) at the American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 25, 2006

Speaker #1: Nan Myers Associate Professor; Government Documents, Patents and Trademarks Librarian Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Title: Intellectual Property Roundup: Copyright, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, and Patents

Abstract: This presentation provides a capsule overview of the distinctive coverage of the four types of intellectual property – What they are, why they are important, how to get them, what they cost, how long they last. Emphasis will be on what questions patrons ask most, along with the answers! Includes coverage of the mission of Patent & Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDLs) and other sources of business information outside of libraries, such as Small Business Development Centers.

Speaker #2: Jan Comfort Government Information Reference Librarian Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Title: Patents as a Source of Competitive Intelligence Information

Abstract: Large corporations often have R&D departments, or large numbers of staff whose jobs are to monitor the activities of their competitors. This presentation will review strategies that small business owners can employ to do their own competitive intelligence analysis. The focus will be on features of the patent database that is available free of charge on the USPTO website, as well as commercial databases available at many public and academic libraries across the country.

Speaker #3: Virginia Baldwin Professor; Engineering Librarian University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Title: Mining Online Patent Data for Business Information

Abstract: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website and websites of international databases contains information about granted patents and patent applications and the technologies they represent. Statistical information about patents, their technologies, geographical information, and patenting entities are compiled and available as reports on the USPTO website. Other valuable information from these websites can be obtained using data mining techniques. This presentation will provide the keys to opening these resources and obtaining valuable data.

Speaker #4: Donna Hopkins Engineering Librarian Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Title: Searching the USPTO Trademark Database for Wordmarks and Logos

Abstract: This presentation provides an overview of wordmark searching in, followed by a review of the techniques of searching for non-word US trademarks using codes from the Design Search Code Manual. These codes are used in an electronic search, either on the uspto website or on CASSIS DVDs. The search is sometimes supplemented by consulting the Official Gazette. A specific example of using a section of the codes for searching is included. Similar searches on the Madrid Express database of WIPO, using the Vienna Classification, will also be briefly described.

Intellectual Property.ppt (198 kB)
Intellectural property roundup: Copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents

Competitive Intelligence.ppt (3623 kB)
Patents as a source of competitive intelligence information

Mining Online Patent Data.ppt (5387 kB)
Mining online patent data for business information

Trademark Searching.ppt (1704 kB)
Searching the USPTO Trademark Database for wordmarks and logos