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Patent and Trademark Resource Center: Overview




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).

The PTRC is on the first floor of the Fogler Library on the University of Maine campus.

For assistance call 207-581-3610 or email

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Services offered:  

  • 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.
  • Information about US Patent and Trademark Office policy
  • 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, U.S. mail or via a remote video service such as Zoom.

Services NOT offered: 

We are not trained or licensed legal professionals and cannot advise you regarding any legal matters including:

  • We cannot conduct patent and trademark searches for you.
  • We cannot tell you whether or not your invention is patentable
  • We cannot file applications for you or review your application
  • We are not likely to be familiar with the technologies related to your search


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.

Hours and Directions


The PTRC Orono Office is open Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Check the library hours homepage for holiday closures. 

It is highly recommended that you email in advance to make an appointment as there is no guarantee that the PTRC representative will be available. The librarian for the PTRC is available for email and zoom appointment consultations. Please get in touch!


Directions to Campus


  1. Contact the Parking Office at 207.581.4047 for information about temporary parking passes or email, a pass can be emailed to you before you arrive on campus. 
  2. 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

Anyone may use a PTRC even if they are not a resident of the state or city in which it is located.

If you live in southern Maine, the PTRC library in Boston, MA may be closer.  A complete list of PTRCs is available, organized by state.

Massachusetts: Boston Public Library
666 Boylston St.
Boston, ME 02117
617.536.5400 x265

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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