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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Resources & Services

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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Headshots at the BRIC!

Fri, September 28, 2018 11:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Get FREE a blow out, generously provided by BLO / OUT Philadelphia , between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.! Registration is required for blow outs; space is limited. Email to register. Your reservation is not complete until a time slot is confirmed via email.…

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It’s Your Idea, OWN IT: Overview of Intellectual Property in the United States

Tue, October 2, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Want to learn more about patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets - the four types of Intellectual Property (IP)? Join us to find out more about IP protections available in the United States and its territories for inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and…

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