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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 Spring 2023!



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.


USPTO Virtual Events 

November 30th: 2022 Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

  • Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from innovative veterans about their journeys towards successful entrepreneurship. You’ll also learn about critical resources available to entrepreneurs and inventors including training, counseling, and access to capital from representatives of entrepreneurial organizations such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, Bunker Labs, and the D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families at the University of Syracuse.

November 30th: Women's Entrepreneurship (WE) Initiative Launch

  • Don't miss this opportunity to hear from leading women and USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at launch of WE, a community focused, collaborative, and creative initiative to inspire women and tap into their potential to meaningfully increase equity, job creation, and economic prosperity. This is in celebration of Women's Entrepreneurship Day (Nov. 19th) and President Biden's recent proclamation naming Nov. 2022 as National Entrepreneurship Month.

December 8th: Getting Started with Patent Public Search- An overview

  • Tom Turner, a PTRC librarian with more than 17 years of experience in educating users on the USPTO search tools, will demonstrate how to use the new Patent Public Search Tool.

December 9th: Patent Public Search-Advanced Tips for Frequent Searchers

  • Join Tom Turner, a librarian for the PTRC, as he shows you additional features of the Patent Public Search Tool and how to use them in your searches. 

    • Tag patent documents based on criteria you set
    • Write notes on documents as you review them
    • View only those sections of a patent that have your search words
    • Use other features to make your search easier.

January 10th: StART Program hosting free 3-day workshop on Patent Filing Process

  • Do you have an invention you want to patent? Are you unfamiliar with the patent filing process? Are you a first-time patent application filer or new to the Patent Center? Are you unsure where to start?

    Get a head StART with this free, virtual three-day workshop that focuses on helping participants learn the fundamentals of the patent application process. The Stakeholder Application Readiness Training (StART) is for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and anyone working for or with a small business who want to file patent applications without the assistance of a registered patent agent or attorney.

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

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

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

USPTO Virtual Series

Intellectual Property Basics and Helpful Resources (monthly)

December 1st

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: 

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

SCORE (Wichita)

  • Mentors and business planning assistance

SBA learning platform: Ascent 

1 Million Cups

Ignitor 8-week Program 

Create Campaign, Inc.: Spark Community Business Academy 

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



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 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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