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Patents and Trademarks

UMass Amherst PTRC

Help by the UMass Amherst Libraries PTRC Librarian is by appointment only.   Please make sure to call or email ahead of your visit to ensure that I am available to meet with you.

Currently, the Science & Engineering Library is open.

Use the Schedule Appointment link in the box to the left.

The UMass Amherst PTRC  Librarian and materials are located in the Science & Engineering Library located in the Lederle Graduate Research Center (LGRC) Lowrise on the north end of the UMass Amherst campus.

Directions to Campus

Parking on Campus

I would suggest either parking at a metered spot in Lot 43 (pay either by coins or using the ParkMobile App at the rate of $1.50 per hour) or in the Campus Center Garage (rate $1.75 per hour) which is a short walk to the Science & Engineering Library (through construction walkways).

The UMass Amherst Libraries are open to the public for public use.  The Science and Engineering Library is also open to the public for public use. Public Use Policy.

Science & Engineering Library Hours.

UMass Amherst PTRC Brochure

Tech Transfer Office

If your invention is associated with any type of sponsored research you will want to talk with someone in the Technology Transfer Office who handles all of the patenting for UMass Amherst.

United States Patent & Trademark Office PTRC Program



Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC)

Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) are a nationwide network of public, state, and academic libraries designated by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to disseminate patent and trademark information and to support the diverse intellectual property needs of the public.  The PTRC Program began in 1871 when federal statute (35 USC 12) first provided for the distribution of printed patents to libraries for use by the public.

UMass Amherst  Libraries is one of only two designated PTRCs in Massachusetts (along with Boston Public Library) and one of about eighty in the entire United States.  

Learn about the PTRC Program.

UMass Amherst PTRC Services

The PTRC Librarian can assist with the following:

  • Explain the three different types of U.S. patents—Utility, Design, & Plant Patents
  • Explain where and how to search depending on the level of authority required
  • Demonstrate how to use search tools to conduct a patent or trademark search
  • Direct you to information and explain the application process and fee schedule
  • Provide access to PTRC location-specific resources such as PubEAST and PubWEST, examiner-based search systems
  • Offer assistance on how to do historical patent research
  • Provide access to printed color plant patents

PTRC Librarians are not able to provide legal advice, conduct specific patron searches, or help fill in any application forms.


I am available to do educational presentations on a variety of topics as part of my PTRC outreach efforts.  Please feel free to contact me.


While the Library staff is happy to provide assistance with your search, we cannot dispense legal advice.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst and its employees provide an informatioin service with no express or implied warranty for results.  UMass Amherst assumes no obligatioin or liability for damage arising out of the use, or inability to use, the information provided.