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Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights

Patent & Trademark Resource Centers (PTRC)

Understanding patents and trademarks can be confusing. It is a challenge to patent an invention and to trademark a product or service. PTRCs provide the expertise to help you use search tools to access patent and trademark information. Find out more about PTRC training sessions and resources here on this site.

PTRC at Georgia Southern University Libraries

The Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at Georgia Southern Libraries is headquartered at the Zack S. Henderson Library on the main (second) floor in Statesboro, Georgia. In addition, meetings can be arranged at the Lane Library on the Armstrong campus in Savannah. For those unable to visit Henderson or Lane Libraries, Zoom meetings and phone chats are also available. PTRC librarians and staff can:

  • Provide you access to patent and trademark research databases.
  • Direct you to related information and explain a patent or trademark application process.
  • Demonstrate how to use research tools for you to conduct a patent or trademark search.
  • Show you a directory of patent attorneys who are licensed to practice before the US Patent & Trademark Office.
  • Offer you instruction on intellectual property and related subjects.
  • Provide assistance on how to initiate historical research on patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
  • Show you how to track research on company or nonprofit organizations.
  • Help you locate assignee information for intellectual properties and much more.

Directions to the Libraries

During holidays, evenings, and weekends, parking is allowed anywhere on campus except specially designated spaces. Directions to both Henderson and Lane Libraries include maps and further details. 

Guest parking passes may be obtained during business hours at campus parking services office. Email parking services to arrange for visitor parking. Additional parking services information is available at the Visitor Parking webpage:

Important Legal Notice

The PTRC does not offer:

  • legal advice
  • prepare patent or trademark application submissions for you
  • patent or trademark searches performed for you

Information and content from the PTRC (including its programs or services) are provided for informational purposes only. Any information provided should not be considered legal advice. Content on this PTRC LibGuide is provided to facilitate related information and community connections to further IP awareness. Any information received should not substitute for securing legal advice from a licensed attorney.