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Patents, Trademarks & Copyright

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

Events (in-person and virtual)


The Entrepreneurship Research Series Workshops help inventors and entrepreneurs learn how to protect their intellectual property and support their business through research.

For more information, please go to the Entrepreneurship Research Series Guide. New workshops starting Fall 2022!



Our Rocky Mountain Regional and USPTO have some great virtual workshop series via WebEx over the next few months that are FREE and open to the public. They also have many sessions offered in English and Spanish for our bilingual patrons, if wanting Spanish version click on Spanish title instead of english title of session. If interested please visit: Rocky Mountain Region Events. For more information, contact Jessica Pierpoint or Nicholas Wyant.


September and October USPTO Virtual Events 

September 28th: Together in Innovation-Mentoring the Innovators of Tomorrow

  • Hear how mentors can help you build a successful path on your innovation journey. 

October 12th: 2022 Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

  • This free event is open to all. Hear from successful Hispanic innovators about their creative and business journeys. 

October 18th: Blockchain and IP Series: USC 101 Patent Eligibility in Blockchain

  • Hear USPTO as they dive into the discussion of patent eligibility within the blockchain inventive space. 

USPTO Virtual Series

Intellectual Property Basics and Helpful Resources (monthly)

October 6th, November 3rd, December 1st

Intro to IP Series (bilingual series offered in English and Spanish weekly on Tuesdays)

The Path to a Patent series (an 8-part series that is weekly on Thursdays)

Trademark Basics Boot Camp (an 8-part series that is weekly on Tuesdays)

For accessibility requests, or for more information, please call 303-297-4600, email or visit us online at Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO.

Other local virtual and in-person events involving IP that could be of interest: 

Save the Date: Wichita StartUp Week (Oct. 10-14)

Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC)

1 Million Cups



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

Wichita State University Libraries is 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.

PTRC library staff are trained to use search tools to access patent and trademark information and offer assistance with various patent, trademark, and copyright consultation questions. Please note that we cannot perform patent or trademark searches for individuals and cannot give legal advice. For legal advice, please contact a registered patent attorney or agent. More specialized questions should be directed to the USPTOPlease contact Jessica Pierpoint or Nicholas Wyant for more information or to schedule an appointment. 

What we offer:

  • Books on a variety of business and intellectual property topics
  • Databases for industry and consumer research
  • Entrepreneurship Research Series workshops taught by: 
    • Jessica Pierpoint, Library Patent and Trademark Specialist
    • Nicolas Wyant, Engineer, Patent, and Trademark Librarian
    • Meghann Kuhlmann, Business Librarian
  • Virtual presentations given by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Rocky Mountain Regional Office
  • One-on-one consultations to help you with business, patent, or trademark research
  • Online research guides for entrepreneurs, business research, and intellectual property

Location and Hours:

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

Visitor Parking and Parking Map 

Library Hours

Students' IP Rights at WSU


Click the image above to learn more about PTRCs.

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