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Patents and Trademarks: Quick Start

Information about patents and trademarks

Search Tools

Patent Examiner Presentation Slides

Intellectual Property Presentation Powerpoint

About the PTRC program

As a Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), Atkins Library receives, stores & provides public access to copies of U.S. patents & patent & 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 & trademark information & 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 & agents are available on the USPTO website).

Charlotte Business Resources podcast on patents, trademarks

Contact Information

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Beth Scarborough
133A Atkins Library
UNC Charlotte

Charlotte Business Resources