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

Present and provide free and low-cost workshops and programs.

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 USPTO databases for trademark and patent searching, including PubEAST and PubWEST.

We have print materials, brochures, and pathfinders to help you with the patent and trademark application process, and can also assist with questions about pro bono (free) legal help and licensing of patents.

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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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Headshots in the Rare Book Department!

Thu, June 2, 2022 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Calling all bibliophiles, history lovers, artists, curioseekers, and professionals! The FREE headshot service you love in the Business Resource and Innovation Center  will be offered in the Rare Book Department 's Elkins Library in June! Join us on Thursdays, June 2 and June…

Headshots in the Rare Book Department!

Thu, June 23, 2022 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Calling all bibliophiles, history lovers, artists, curioseekers, and professionals! The FREE headshot service you love in the Business Resource and Innovation Center  will be offered in the Rare Book Department 's Elkins Library in June! Join us on Thursdays, June 2 and June…

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