Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Patents, Trademarks & Copyright

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

Virtual Events

SAVE THE DATE!

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 June and July: 

June and July: Trademark Basics Boot Camp Series 

   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 series is free, but space is limited, so register early.

- July 13th: Responding to an Office Action

- July 20th: Keeping Your Registration Alive

- July 27th: Q&A Panel

July: Path to a Patent Pt 1 and 3 of Series 

- July 29th: Patent Searching

 

July 19th: Don't Burn Your Brand- Intellectual Property for Restaurants 

Because trademark registration is a highly effective way to protect your brand, we’ll also cover:

  • Definitions and types of trademarks
  • Benefits of federal trademark registration
  • Selecting a trademark
  • Filing and registration
  • How to find help

 

August 5th: Innovators and Entrepreneurs- Learn about IP Basics and Helpful Resources

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.

August 18-20: Invention-Con 2021: Capitalizing on your Intellectual Property

Are you are a young or independent inventor, an entrepreneur, or a small business owner whose success depends on guarding your creative work? Then don’t miss your chance to learn how different types of intellectual property (IP).

Presentations and workshops will cover:

  • Putting your creativity to work
  • How IP applies in various fields, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, agriculture, fashion, music, and literature
  • Types of IP protection: patents, trademarks, and copyrights
  • Marketing, manufacturing, and building a competitive advantage around your ideas
  • Fun, free educational resources for kids and teens
  • Innovation and the fight against COVID-19

 

September 2nd: Innovators and Entrepreneurs-Learn about IP Basics and Helpful Resources

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

September 23rd: Learn about Design Patents

This session will be useful for:

  • inventors
  • entrepreneurs
  • anyone with a beginning to intermediate knowledge of the patent process

 

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.

Introduction

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 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 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

PTRC Logo

Click the image above to learn more about PTRCs.

Wichita State University Libraries, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0068 | Phone: (316) 978-3481 | Comments/Suggestions | Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube Channel Federal Depository Library Program HathiTrust Digital Library Patent and Trademark Resources Centers