Learn more about intellectual property

Do you have questions about patents and trademarks? Use these resources to learn more.

Our services

The USPTO designated the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries as a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in 1983 to stimulate patent development, economic development, and technology transfer within Northern Nevada. We are not legal professionals and cannot provide legal assistance or advice.

  • We can provide access to resources such as PubEAST and PubWEST, both examiner-based search systems
  • Direct you to information and explain the application process and fee schedule
  • Demonstrate how to use search tools to conduct a patent or trademark search
  • Show you a directory of local patent attorneys who are licensed to practice before the USPTO
  • Offer classes on intellectual property (varies by location)
  • Offer assistance on how to do historical research on patents and trademarks
  • Show you how to track current research by company or nonprofit
  • Help you find assignee information and much more.
  • Here you can find a full scope of our services.

Book a consultation

PTRC librarians are available to meet in-person at the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library, online via Zoom, or over the phone. Appointments are encouraged to ensure availability.