Collecting and Describing University-Generated Patents in an Institutional Repository: A Case Study from Rice University

by Linda Spiro and Scott Carlson, Rice University

Providing an easy method of browsing a university’s patent output can free up valuable research time for faculty, students, and external researchers. This is especially true for Rice University’s Fondren Library, a USPTO-designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center that serves an academic community widely recognized for cutting edge science and engineering research. In order to make Rice-generated patents easier to find in the university’s community, a team of technical and public services librarians from Fondren Library devised a method to identify, download, and upload patents to the university’s institutional repository, starting with a backlog of over 300. This article discusses the rationale behind the project, its potential benefits, and challenges as new Rice-generated patents are added to the repository on a monthly basis.

Patent Lens Improved Non-Patent Literature Search Function

Patent Lens has greatly improved its Non-Patent Literature search function. Now you can search by the cited author's name or the cited article's PubMed ID and DOI.

Save the Date – A Comprehensive Trademark Seminar – June 5, 2015

The NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute and NKU Steely Library Intellectual Property Awareness Center, a designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center by the USPTO, will present a Comprehensive Trademark Seminar on Friday, June 5, 2015 in Highland Heights, Kentucky. The seminar is presented in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

PTDLA at ALA-RUSA Preconference

Intellectual Property for Technology Startup: Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright

What are common misconceptions about intellectual property among entrepreneurs? Two IP attorneys will discuss disputes and challenges startups are facing. Librarians and entrepreneurs will also get tips from experts on effective patent and trademark searching, learn about Patent and Trademark Resource Centers, and get introduced to best practices in library collaboration with the university commercialization office. For business librarians in academic, public, and special libraries; SBDC counselors; entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in the topic. Sponsored by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA. Register here.

Date: Friday, June 26, Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Location: TBD

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