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 second floor of the Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Please call 215-686-5394 or visit us to learn more about patents & 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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Call us at 215-686-5394 to schedule a one-on-one appointment with the Patent & Trademark Librarian at Parkway Central Library to learn more about patents & 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 & trademark researchers to access to USPTO databases, including PubEAST and PubWEST.

We have brochures and pathfinders to help you with the patent & 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, Room 202
Philadelphia, PA 19103


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