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Patents, Trademarks & Copyright

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

Temporary Changes

University Libraries are CLOSED through April 23, 2020, in response to Sedgwick County's Emergency Public Health Order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please check for updates. If you need assistance, please email the librarians on the left side of the page. Librarians are working from home and may not be checking voicemail very often so email is best. We appreciate your patience. (3/25/20)


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. We offer assistance with preliminary patent and trademark searches by appointment. Please contact either Sara Butts or Jessica Torres 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: 
    • Sara Butts, Engineering, Patents, and Trademark Librarian
    • Meghann Kuhlmann, Business Librarian
    • Jessica Torres, Information Services Research Assistant
  • Virtual presentations given by the U.S. Patent and Trademark 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.

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