Research Patent and Trademark Information: Essential Information You Need to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Come join us for a free program presented by the USPTO's Sharyl Overhiser and Spruce Fraser, and hosted by the University of Nebraska College of Law Schmid Law Library. This program is for inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, legal professionals, students and anyone else wanting an introduction to the essential information you need to protect your intellectual property. This event has been approved for 4.83 CLE credits.

The event will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the University of Nebraska College of Law, 1875 N. 42nd Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Registration is required.


There are many reasons you may want to search existing patents and trademarks. You may want to search to make sure no one else has already patented your invention or trademarked a logo similar to yours. You may want a complete copy of the drawings and specifications of something currently protected under a patent. You may also wish to search in order to find out what type of research is being done by certain companies or individual inventors. Whatever your reasons, these workshops will provide you an opportunity to learn to how to navigate USPTO resources, ask questions, and learn about helpful local resources.

The schedule is as follows:

8:30 a.m. Check-in and Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m.

Overview of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets

Sharyl Overhiser, Fellow, USPTO Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.

Conducting a Preliminary Federal Trademark Search Using USPTO Website

Spruce Fraser, Librarian, USPTO Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program
12:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m.

Conducting a Preliminary Federal Patent Search Using USPTO Databases

Sharyl Overhiser
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m.

Non-USPTO Solicitations and Invention Promotion Scams: Asking the Right Questions

Spruce Fraser
3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m.

Local Resources Panel

Brett Stohs, Assistant Professor of Law & Cline Williams Director of the Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic
Dr. Shane Farritor, Lederer Professor of Engineering
Matt Poulsen, Owner & Patent Attorney, Suiter Swantz IP

5:00 p.m. Conclusion

Attendees are welcome to come and go as their schedule allows. However, those seeking CLE credit must be present for all workshops.

The USPTO designated the Marvin and Virginia Schmid Law Library as the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) for the state of Nebraska.