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Patents, Trademarks & Copyright

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

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New Events


April 26th: World IP Day 

Join the USPTO and its partner organizations for a special program to celebrate World Intellectual Property (IP) Day 2021 on Monday, April 26, from 3-4:30 pm ET. This annual international event is an opportunity to learn about the role that IP rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Intellectual property and small businesses: Taking big ideas to market.” The program will consist of two live panels: the first will include representatives of small businesses who will share their IP stories; the second will focus on the resources available to assist small businesses with their IP needs.

Organizations participating in this event include the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association, the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Innovation Policy Center.

Learn more and register today.



Our Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO has some great virtual workshop series via WebEx over the next few months that are FREE and open to the public. If interested please visit: Rocky Mountain Region Events. For more information, contact Jessica Pierpoint.


Events to highlight this April and May: 

April-June: Path to a Patent series starts

Are you interested in learning about intellectual property basics? Expand your knowledge and check out this step-by-step series! 

April-May: Trademark Basics Boot Camp series starts 

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? Expand your knowledge and check out this step-by-step series! The event is free, but space is limited, so register early. 

May 6th: Innovators and Entrepreneurs-Learn about IP Basics and Helpful Resources

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from USPTO experts about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovation as you transition from idea to product. 

The Midwest Regional USPTO offers this session for aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, and students the first Thursday of each month. Make sure to register for this free event early. 

The discussion will cover:

  • An overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
  • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP
  • Local resources and assistance available through the USPTO and other agencies

May 11th: Patents and Prototypes

For most inventors and entrepreneurs, prototyping an new product and understanding the process for obtaining a patent can be expensive and tricky propositions. Join Jeff Palenik, USPTO Primary Patent Examiner, and Mark Madic from Southern Colorado Innovation Link, for an interactive intellectual property workshop on considerations for prototyping a new product, and an overview of intellectual property, including the patent process, and patent searching. To learn more, register early. 

May 21st: USPTO at the Kansas Bar Association's Midwest IP Institute

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


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 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: 
    • Jessica Pierpoint, Information Services Research Assistant
    • Meghann Kuhlmann, Business Librarian
  • 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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Library Hours

Students' IP Rights at WSU


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