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Patent and Trademark Resource Center: Orono PTRC

Orono Patent and Trademark Resource Center

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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:  

  • Free one-on-one training and assistance in doing your own patent or trademark search
  • Reference collection of "how to" patent and trademark books that are helpful to small business owners and inventors
  • Use of all resources needed to do a complete patent or trademark search, including proprietary databases not available elsewhere
  • Advice on non-patent databases to consult for prior-art
  • Full-text of U.S. patents issued from 1790-present
  • Early USPTO publications, dating back to the mid 1800's, for historical research
  • For those unable to visit Orono, we can provide much support by phone, email or U.S. mail

Please note: 

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.


Directions to Campus

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:

  1. Take I-95 to Exit 193 (Formerly Exit 51).
  2. Turn right onto Stillwater Ave.
  3. Follow Stillwater Ave. for 1.5 miles.
  4. At the 4th traffic light from I-95, turn right onto College Ave.
  5. Follow College Ave. for 1.5 miles.
  6. The University of Maine campus is on the left. Do not take the first entrance at the Alfond Arena. 
  7. Fogler Library is closest to the second entrance, opposite the steam plant. Turn left into campus and stay to the right at the 'Y' in the road. At the first stop sign turn left. Note: there are 2 roads to the left here. The road that is the sharper left has visitor street parking. The other road is closer to the library and has some visitor parking on the right. The Fogler Library is the 3 story building at the end of the open 'mall' or 'lawn' area near these parking areas. 

From the North:

  1. Take I-95 to Exit 51
  2. Turn left onto Stillwater Ave.
  3. Follow steps 3-7 above

Other PTRC Locations

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
617.536.5400 x265

Notice to University of Maine Researchers

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.

Beware of Scams!


The site at is a scam.

The website 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:


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