Patent Searching for Librarians
Instructor: Martin Wallace
Dates: October 5-30, 2015
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
The corpus of patents constitutes one of the largest organized repositories of technical information in the world. The value of searching for these documents is not limited to inventors; information from patents is also used by historians, genealogists, entrepreneurs, attorneys, and engineers. Whether serving public or academic communities, patent searching is a skill to include in any librarian’s repertoire. As a primer for librarians, students in this course will learn the anatomy of a patent and how patents are organized. A variety of search strategies will be discussed, and several freely available databases will be consulted. Guidelines for avoiding "unauthorized practice of law," a concern often inhibiting librarians from providing effective services to their users, will also be provided.
Martin Wallace is a Science & Engineering Librarian at the University of Maine, Orono, and serves as Maine’s only representative to the Patent and Trademark Resource Centers Program administered by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is currently the Vice President of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association (PTRCA). Martin received his MLIS from the University of North Texas in 2005 and his MS in Information Systems from the University of Maine in 2014. Website, Interview with Martin Wallace
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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