The Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program was established in 1871 to make printed patents available to the American public. Today, the overwhelming majority of patent and trademark information is available electronically and the mission of making it easier to find is carried on by a network of approximately 85 academic, public, state, and special libraries across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico.
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries is home to 1 of 3 Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRC) in the State of Pennsylvania. The PTRC is housed in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library on the University Park Campus in State College, PA. As a PTRC, Penn State Libraries representatives can:
If you are not in the University park area, see the PTRC locations by state to find the one nearest to you.
PTRC consultations can be held virtually, through Zoom or email, or in-person, at the Physical & Mathematical Sciences Library in Davey Lab on the University Park Campus.
If you would like patent or trademark research help, click "Book an Appointment Now" and our PTRC representative will be in touch.
Additionally, librarians throughout Penn State Libraries and across the Penn State Campus locations share expertise in patents and trademarks; they can provide further support. See the list below for additional support.