Patents & Trademarks

Do you have a great idea for an invention?

Do you want to protect your business name, business slogan, logo, or product brand?

The Free Library of Philadelphia can help you!

The Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) has been designated by the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), one of three in the state of Pennsylvania, and the only one in eastern Pennsylvania.  As a PTRC, the Free Library of Philadelphia has a mission to support the public, inventors, and small businesses to find the information they need to protect their intellectual property.

Our PTRC is located in the Business Resource & Innovation Center (BRIC) on the ground floor of Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Contact us to learn more about patents and trademarks and how to do the necessary research before filing your patent or trademark application with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).

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Resources & Services

Request an appointment using the button below with the Patent and Trademark Librarian at Parkway Central Library to learn more about patents and trademarks and how to do the research necessary before filing an application with the United States Patent & Trademark Office. (Please note, the librarian cannot provide legal advice or complete application forms.)

A designated computer is available for patent and trademark researchers to access to USPTO databases, including PubEAST and PubWEST.

We have brochures and pathfinders to help you with the patent and trademark application process.

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We're here to assist you with your patent & trademark needs. Please complete our intake form to schedule a one-on-one research session.

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Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, BRIC, Ground Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Sunday Closed
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes - Closed to public.
  • * Tuesday had hour changes - Closed to public.

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FULL Headshots at the BRIC!

Thu, October 1, 2020 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

All time slots are full. Headshots will be offered again on Thursday, October 15. Get a FREE headshot photo taken at the Business Resource and Innovation Center! Headshots are a unique service for entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, job seekers, and more.  Use your photo to enhance…

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VIRTUAL Office Hours: Registered Patent Agent

Tue, October 13, 2020 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Interested in protecting your invention with a patent? Would you like to talk to a Registered Patent Agent for free? We are pleased to announce that we are accepting requests for free 30 minute patent consultations with registered Patent Agent Scott Keeley from the Intellectual…

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