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About the PTRC program

As a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), Atkins Library receives, stores and provides public access to copies of U.S. patents and patent and trademark materials. Atkins Library is only one of two libraries with this designation in North Carolina (the other is located at NCSU in Raleigh: 

As a PTRC, we provide access to patent and trademark information and assistance with using search tools. We are not permitted to offer advice or opinions on the quality or completeness of a patron's search, nor are we able to suggest keywords, classifications, or other information for their specific inventions, as this could be considered unauthorized practice of law. If a patron is looking for assistance with their specific invention rather than simply with the use of the search tools, they should contact a registered patent attorney or agent(listings of currently registered attorneys and agents are available on the USPTO website).

Upcoming Seminar at Atkins Library, August 1, 2018

United States Patent and Trademark Office representatives will present a free intellectual property seminar on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in the Halton Reading Room at the J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte. The seminar is open to students, staff, faculty and the general public. Attendees may attend one or all sessions, as desired.

The schedule includes:

9 a.m. -- Overview of patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets -- USPTO representatives

10:30 a.m. -- Conducting a US patent search using USPTO databases -- USPTO representatives

Noon -- Lunch (on your own)

1 p.m. -- Conducting a preliminary trademark search using USPTO databases -- USPTO representatives

2:30 p.m. -- Invention promotion scams: asking the right questions -- USPTO representatives

3 p.m. -- Local Resource Panel

Nihad Mansour, Attorney, NC Bar Association, NC LEAP

Charlotte Business Resources, City of Charlotte

More to be announced. 

Register here.

For more information, contact Beth Scarborough at 704 687-0496 or 





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Beth Scarborough
133A Atkins Library
UNC Charlotte

Charlotte Business Resources