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Patents, Trademarks & Copyright

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

Patent and Trademark Resource Center

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Jessica Pierpoint
Contact:
Library Patent and Trademark Specialist
1845 Fairmount St
Wichita, KS 67260-0068
Meet me via Zoom
(316) 978-5074

Engineering, Patents & Trademarks

Event Series (online and in-person)

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

  • New workshops starting Spring 2023!

For dates and more information, please go to the Entrepreneurship Research Series Guide

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

 

February 2nd: Intellectual Property Basics and Helpful Resources 

February 10th: Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship-Part I

  • Covering topic: Protecting your IP

February 14th: Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship-Part II

  • Covering topic: Intergenerational Conversation

February 15th: Don't Burn Your Brand- IP for Food Businesses 

February 24th: Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship- Part III

  • Covering topic: Learning from Leading Black Innovators

February 22nd: Finding Options to Fund your Business (#WeWednesday event)

February 28th: Agricultural Advances (Together in Innovation Program)

 

March 1st: Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium-Part I

March 15th: Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium-Part II

March 29th: Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium-Part III

 

April 22nd: Successful Inventing-Product Development

 

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

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

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

A series held as a two-part series once a month: 

February 9th: Getting Started with Patent Public Search Tool- An Overview (Part 1)

February 10th: Patent Public Search Tool - Advanced Tips for Frequent Searchers (Part 2)

 

March 9th: Getting Started with the Patent Public Search Tool- An Overview (Part 1)

March 10th: Patent Public Search Tool: Advanced Tips for Frequent Searchers (Part 2)

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

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

February 28th: EquIP HQ: A new and exciting resource for learners and educators

  •  Explore EquIP, new web-based portal designed for K-12 educators and learners to support the development of STEM-based lesson plans that will enhance student learning, creativity, and innovation. 

    The primary goal of this portal is to raise intellectual property awareness, knowledge, and understanding among K-12 learners and educators. We want each student to recognize the inventor or creator within themselves, and we hope that each student will understand that their ideas, coupled with action, are valuable.

    EquIP HQ is created by Second Avenue Learning in cooperation with the USPTO and offers standards-aligned, integrated K-12 lesson plans, that allow educators to choose lessons appropriate for their learners. 

K-12 Education Resource Office Hours (held once a month)

Office hours provide an informal way for educators and learners to connect with the USPTO's Office of Education on a regular basis. As educators and learners you can ask questions regarding intellectual property, USPTO resources, and explore ideas for integrating intellectual property concepts into various subject matter.

For more resource information, check out our Inventors for All Ages Guide. 

Introduction

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

Wichita State University Libraries is one of 87 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 USPTO. Please contact Jessica Pierpoint or Nicholas Wyant for more information or to schedule an appointment. 

  • 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

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

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For Copyright related questions go to: https://copyright.gov/

Local virtual and in-person events involving Intellectual Property

Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC)

  • Intellectual Property Basics will be taught by Jessica Pierpoint virtually through KSBDC. Click date/time to sign up: Tues. Jan 31st, noon-1pm
  • Marketing Research for Business will be taught by Meghann Kulmann virtually through KSBDC. Click date/time to sign up: Tues. Feb 23rd, noon-1pm

SBA learning platform: Ascent 

Ignitor 8-week Program 

A series of entrepreneurial classes with plans of focus depending on the stage you are at. 

*Free program for all WSU and Wichita Community

SCORE (Wichita)

  • Mentors and business planning assistance

1 Million Cups

Combines coffee and donuts with conversation and entrepreneurs. 

  • Attend 1 Million Cup Event held every Wednesday at Groover Labs. 
  • Network and grab your breakfast.
  • Present your story or listen to others pitch there journey stories and experiences. Get to be part of Q&A panel.  
  • Meet the Organizers and further networking. 

Create Campaign, Inc.: Spark Community Business Academy 

  • 12-week program (March-June; applications start in January)
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