Free Patent Basics Workshop at Wright State University Libraries

pop top can patent
Ermal Fraze’s Patent for Pop-Top Can

How do you protect an idea?  Are you currently working on a new product but don’t know where to start? The Wright State University Libraries’ Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) is offering a basic patent information and research workshop for inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. The workshop will cover the basic concepts of a patent, the process for applying and examination, and what inventor resources are available in the community and from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  The workshop focuses on the basic prior art search techniques using the free search databases European Patent Office’s (EPO) Espacenet and the USPTO PatFT and AppFT.  The fundamental concepts of the “prior art” search will be explained and how the search relates to the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system.   The workshop will include an update on the coming changes to the USPTO web site and patent databases.

This free patent basics workshop will be held, Saturday morning , July 24, 10:30am- 12:00pm

Wright State’s library is a U.S. Patent and Trademark Resource Center (the PTRC is a USPTO supported outreach program) and provides access to USPTO expertise, PubWEST, Web-based Examiner Search Tool, and PubEAST, Examiner’s Automated Search Tool, EPO and JPO patent abstracts in English.  These are the same patent resources used by the USPTO patent examiners.

Register online  or contact Ran Raider government and history librarian for the University Libraries, at