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					Patent and Trademark
  Depository Library
Program: An Overview
                Tom Turner
 United States Patent and Trademark Office
  ALA Washington June 2007
 PTDLP
 PISD
 CISG
 OCIO
 USPTO
 DOC
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 PTDLP—Patent     and Trademark
  Depository Library Program
 PISD—Public Information Services
  Division
 CISG—Customer Information
  Services Group
 OCIO—Office of the Chief
  Information Officer
 USPTO—United States Patent and
  Trademark Office
 DOC—Department of Commerce
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    USPTO Business
 Examine   patent applications
  and grant patents;
 Examine federal trademark
  applications and register
  federal trademarks;
 Disseminate information
  about patents and
  trademarks.
 At one time…

                      Old Patent Office,
                      Washington, D.C.




Public Search Room,
Old Patent Office
USPTO Headquarters Alexandria
                   New USPTO campus,
                   Alexandria, Virginia
What is a PTDL?
                                  35 USC 12:
 PTDL is the acronym for a     “The Director may
  “Patent and Trademark          supply copies of
                                specifications and
  Depository Library”         drawings of patents
                                   and published
 Authorized under                applications for
  35 United States Code 12    patents in printed or
                                 electronic form to
 A library officially        public libraries in the
                              United States which
  designated by the USPTO      shall maintain such
                              copies for the use of
                                    the public…”
Selected Milestones of PTDLP
1871 - Printed patents offered to libraries on a
     depository basis.
1977 - 1st Patent Depository Conference with
     the original 22 PTDLs.
1982 - CASSIS on-line database is started.
1989 - Full CASSIS CD-ROM implementation.
1990 - PDLP becomes PTDLP.
2000 - Complete patents DVD back file provided.
2003 - PubWEST databases offered to all PTDLS.
2006 – Program includes 85 member libraries.
Types of PTDL Libraries




               Public Libraries     31
               Academic Libraries   45
               State Libraries       8
               Special Libraries     1
                  Total             85
Service Points May Vary by PTDL

 Patents
 Science/Technology
 Law
 Government  Documents
 Engineering/Physical Sciences
 Business
 General Reference
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www.uspto.gov
www.uspto.gov/go/ptdl/




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PTDL Research Assistance
Commonly asked patent
questions...
                      Where can I find a
                        list of patent
How do I do
                          attorneys?
 a patent
 search?
                      Do you have info on
                      invention promotion
                             firms?

     How do I apply           How much does
      for a patent?            it cost to get a
                                   patent?
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“Why should I go to a library;
this is all on the Internet, right?”

   Patent searching is complex and not intuitive.
   An inventor is searching through over 7 million
    U.S. patents if their invention is novel and non-
    obvious.
   Also, the prior art that should be also be searched
    includes foreign patents and non-patent literature
    such as journal articles, conference proceedings
    and dissertations—all places that public
    disclosures of new inventions can be
    documented.
   Learning how to do a search can save money.
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Common Misconceptions in
Searching Patents and
Trademarks
   Novice patent searchers incorrectly
    assume that they can do a through
    patent search by searching with
    keywords.
   Novice trademark searchers incorrectly
    assume that they can do a good
    trademark search by searching only the
    exact mark they plan to use.
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        Services of a PTDL
   Information on not only how to obtain a
    patent, but how to have commercial
    success with one’s invention with library’s
    business resources
   Assistance with preliminary patent and
    trademark searching (showing How to
    Search using generic examples)
   Assistance to small businesses on how to
    establish a business and how IP protection
    can help their business
   Liaison for inventor groups
PTDL Database Workstations
Cassis2 Patent & TM Database
(Classification and Search Support Information System)
Searching Patents: PatFT & AppFT
    (Patents Full Text and Applications Full Text)
Searching Trademarks: TESS
   (Trademark Electronic Search System)
PubWEST: Patent Databases
  (Public Web-based Examiner Search Tool)
Users of PTDLs
   Inventors
   Attorneys
   Patent Professionals
   Entrepreneurs
   Musicians
   Students/Faculty
   Researchers/Engineers
   Information Brokers
   Historians
   Genealogists
    PTDL Program Services
 Train PTDL staff
 Market PTDL services and standards
 Annual Training Seminars for PTDLs
 Liaison between PTDLs and USPTO
       PTDL Program Services
   Support PTDL public seminars and programs
   E-Mail and toll-free telephone access to USPTO for
    PTDLs
   Fellowship program
   Develop educational materials via PTDLP Commons
   Provide technical and research assistance
PTDL Training & Seminars
PTDLS’ Obligations to USPTO
   Provide free access to the collection.
   Assist the public in efficient use of patent and
    trademark information.
   Attend the Annual PTDL Training Seminar.
   Maintain and protect the integrity of the collection.
   Acquire a minimum 20-year backfile of U.S.
    patents.
   Retain all depository items until disposal is
    arranged through PTDLP.
   $50 annual fee.
    PTDL—D also stands for

   Delivering programming and expert one-on-one
    reference services geared to the needs of
    independent inventors and small businesses
   Driving the local economies with increased
    intellectual property activity
   Delineating a focal point for customers looking for
    information on intellectual property protection
   Designating that library as an official cooperative
    partner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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Visit us at ALA Booth 3967
Patent and Trademark Depository
         Library Program
   United States Patent and Trademark Office
              Madison West, 4A20
                 P.O. Box 1450
          Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
          E-Mail: ptdloffice@uspto.gov

				
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