Utah Tech University earns official Patent and Trademark Resource Center designation

Utah Tech University’s Library, located in the Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons building on campus, will house the officially designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center as granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, St. George, Utah, location unspecified | Photo courtesy of Utah Tech University, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Recognizing the many skilled, dedicated and professional library staff members of the Utah Tech University Library, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially designated Utah Tech University Library as a Patent and Trademark Resource Center.

View of Utah Tech University Campus, St. George, Utah, July 15, 2022 | Photo by Truman Burgess, St. George News

This designation will enable Utah Tech library patrons to tap into the rich resources provided by the trademark office network of intellectual property experts, ultimately enhancing entrepreneurs’ ability to file patents and get them granted, according to a release issued by the university.

“Librarians are information experts who specialize in connecting people to the information they need,” said Kelly Peterson-Fairchild, dean of Utah Tech’s Library and Open Learning Services. “Being able to offer the resources and expertise of the PTRC and USPTO further enhances what we do for our community in so many positive ways.”

As a Patent and Trademark Resource Center, Utah Tech’s library will have access to a myriad of resources, information, training opportunities and expertise to support the diverse intellectual property needs of the public.

Utah Tech is one of two officially designated Patent and Trademark Resource Centers in the state of Utah. The other Utah-based PTRC is housed in the northern region of the state at the University of Utah.

“Having the United States Patent and Trademark Office designate a Patent and Trademark Resource Center on the Utah Tech University campus is absolutely one of the biggest highlights I have experienced since I started the Innovation Guidance and Solutions Center here six years ago,” said Wayne Provost, director of innovation, guidance and support at Utah Tech.

“Many university departments and community members have made this possible, and this is further proof of all the innovation that is taking place at this university and throughout our region,” Provost added.

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