Orono's Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) is a public service of the University of Maine's Fogler Library in partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Fogler Library has been a PTRC since 1993. We work closely with the Patent and Trademark Resource Centers Program Office. They provide substantial online and printed training resources to the Orono PTRC. We also work with other PTRC libraries around the U.S. See the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association's web page for many additional resources not found on this site.
Services offered by the Orono PTRC:
While library staff are happy to provide assistance with your search, we cannot guarantee search results or offer legal advice. We cannot file applications or determine if a patent or trademark will be approved by the USPTO. We are not likely to be familiar with mechanical, electrical, chemical or other technologies relating to your search. Additionally, we are not trained or licensed legal professionals. This means that we are not able to advise you regarding any legal matters, including whether or not your invention is patentable, nor can we provide legal assistance for you. A database of registered patent attorneys is available on the USPTO Web site.
PTRCs are NEITHER REQUIRED NOR ENCOURAGED to conduct patent and trademark searches for their patrons as that activity may be interpreted as rendering a judgment or opinion.
PTRCs ARE REQUIRED to instruct patrons in the use of the search tools available at the PTRCs for patrons conducting their own patent and trademark searches.
You are encouraged to call in advance to schedule a training session with the PTRC Representative. Call 207.581.1697.
The best time to visit the PTRC is Monday to Friday 8am to 4:30pm. Check the library hours homepage for building hours and holiday closures.
Contact the Parking Office at 207.581.4047 for information about temporary parking passes. Check the online campus map for parking locations.
From the South:
From the North:
If you live in southern Maine, the PTRC library in Boston, MA may be closer. Anyone may use a PTRC even if they are not a resident of the state or city in which it is located. A complete list of PTRCs is available organized by state.
Massachusetts: Boston Public Library
666 Boylston St.
Boston, ME 02117
The University of Maine has its own policies regarding intellectual property developed at the University. The Orono PTRC welcomes you to contact us for consultation, but we withhold the right to refer you to other departments on campus when appropriate. We encourage all UMaine researchers—faculty, staff and students—to review the University of Maine System Statement of Policy Governing Patents and Copyrights prior to contacting us.
The site at http://www.ptrc.us/ is a scam.
The website http://www.ptrc.us/ mimics the USPTO website, uses a “.us” upper level domain, and is replete with typos. The same source has also reportedly sent out mailings. They also use the acronym “PTRC” and the name “Patent and Trademark Resource Center, LLC."
For a complete list of known scams visit the USPTO website at: https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-getting-started/non-uspto-solicitations
5729 Fogler Library · University of Maine · Orono, ME 04469-5729 ; (207) 581-1673