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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Services NOT offered:
We are not trained or licensed legal professionals and cannot advise you regarding any legal matters including:
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 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!
From the South:
From the North:
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
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