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Patents, Trademarks & Copyright

General guide for Patents, Trademarks & Copyright at Wichita State University


Welcome to the research guide for patents, trademarks & copyright.

Wichita State University Libraries has been designated as one of 84 U.S. Patent and Trademark Research Centers (PTRCs) in the country and the only PTRC in Kansas. Since receiving this designation in 1991,  we have received copies of U.S. patents and a variety of patent and trademark searching tools in both print and electronic formats, as well as extensive training in providing patent and trademark research assistance.  The Library is open to the public, and we assist with preliminary patent and trademark research by appointment at no charge.

Our collections of U.S. government publications include complete U.S. patents -- on microfilm, optical disks and the Internet -- from 1790 to the present, and all federal trademarks that are registered or pending. Our collections contain additional indexes and finding aids for both patents and trademarks. All PTRC publications and documents and their reference materials may be found in the Government Documents Stacks on Level One of Ablah Library, in compact shelving, and on the web pages for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) at

U.S. copyrights are managed by the U.S. Copyright Office in the Library of Congress.  Their web pages at -- and especially their general publication, Circular 1 -- offer valuable information on this third form of intellectual property.


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Our Services

PTRC library staff are trained to use search tools to access patent and trademark information.  We offer assistance with preliminary patent and trademark searches by appointment. Please contact either Sara Butts or Nan Myers for more information or to schedule an appointment.

What we offer:

  • Professional PTRC librarians
  • Help with patent and trademark searches
  • FREE workshops
  • Individual training and consultations
  • Answers to intellectual property questions
  • Community outreach
  • Help with locating sources

Location and Hours:

PTRC librarians are available from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. 

Visitor Parking and Parking Map 

*Note changes to the visitor parking regulations as of July 2017.

Library Hours

WSU Policies and Procedures Regarding Intellectual Property

The intellectual property rights of WSU students are outlined in the following document (Section 5: Student Academic Creations).

Intellectual Property Policy and Institutional Procedures

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