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IMCPL Provides Assistance With Patent Searches

June 30, 2010

Individuals with an inventive idea can receive help with their patent search from the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library at the downtown Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Central Library receives support from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, meaning that library patrons have access to the same patent database, PubWest, used by the federal government to examine, award or deny patents. This database can be found on dedicated computers on the 4th floor of Central Library, where certain librarians have been trained by the Patent Office in Washington, D.C. in using this patent database and can explain what constitutes a viable patent search.

"A lawyer's office can do a search for you for a fee, but a good search on your own can help cut your legal costs," explained Phyllis Karrh, Central Library Reference Librarian. "We'll aid you in understanding how to set up a search to determine if there's anything out there that would result in a denial of your application," Karrh adds.

Patrons are encouraged to call Central Library at 275-4100, and ask for 4th floor librarians, to schedule an appointment in order to discuss search strategy that can begin the quest to determine if their ideas are unique. Although the librarians cannot make a final judgment on whether an idea is patentable, nor can they offer legal advice, they can certainly assist novices in their searches. Even if one doesn't have a possible invention, researching patenting in certain fields can be very informative.

Central Library is designated an official Patent and Trademark Depository Library by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. For more information on patents and trademarks, frequently asked questions and Central Library patent assistance, visit the Patents page on our web site.