Patent and Trademark Resource Center opens

September 17, 2012 02:52 PM
Thursday, September 13 marked the grand opening of a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. The center, one of two in the state of Illinois and 82 in the United States, makes freely available to the public a wealth of information related to patents and trademarks.
Charles Malone, coordinator of the new PTRC, remarked, "We can show area residents how to access the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) wealth of web-based material. Additionally, through a portal on our computers at the PTRC, inventors will now also have access to PubWest, a comprehensive internal database from USPTO. PubWest is part of the same internal database that USPTO's patent examiners use. It allows the user to do more powerful searches of U.S. patents, as well as search international patents." Malone, along with other staff at the center, will be available to assist first-time users in learning how to use the PubWest system.
Ryan Lilly, manager of the Entrepreneurship Center of west central Illinois in Galesburg, spoke on a panel of regional resource providers as part of the event. "Short of making a trip to the USPTO Public Search Facility in Alexandria, Virginia, this program provides west central Illinois entrepreneurs and inventors an opportunity to conduct a good initial search of existing trademarks and patents prior to enlisting the services of a qualified intellectual property attorney. This is a valuable resource of which I hope our region will take full advantage."
For more information on the Patent and Trademark Office Resource Center at Western Illinois University, contact Charles Malone at 309/298-2719 or email If you are an entrepreneur in Knox, Warren, Mercer or Henderson counties in need of assistance, contact the Entrepreneurship Center at 309/371-0473 or Ryan Lilly.


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