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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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
215-686-8663

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Monday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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VIRTUAL Office Hours: Registered Patent Agent

Wed, August 12, 2020 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Interested in protecting your invention or design 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…

Adult Business Discussion and Participation Workshops and Enrichment Free Library of Philadelphia Programs & Services Nonprofit Business and Entrepreneurs Patents & Trademarks Virtual Programs

VIRTUAL Trademark Basics

Thu, August 20, 2020 10:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Should you be concerned about intellectual property? If you want to create long-term business value and better protect your business, then YES! Increase your understanding of: • How trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names, and business name registrations all differ • Why…

Adult Business Speakers and Lectures RFC Program Calendar Nonprofit Business and Entrepreneurs Patents & Trademarks Virtual Programs

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