Carlson Center for Intellectual Property Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The Carlson Center for Intellectual Property, located at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. This event is sponsored by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library and IP.Com, a Rochester-based company that makes game-changing intellectual property search software. The PTRC staff of information experts are trained on how to use search tools to access patent and trademark information. They provide the human touch that no webpage or legal book can provide in helping inventors and small businesses find the information they need to protect their intellectual property. There are 84 PTRCs in the U.S. and the Carlson Center is one of five in New York State and serves the entire Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region.

“This is an amazing service to offer inventors and small business owners in the Rochester area,” said Kate Meddaugh, manager of the Carlson Center. “The patent and trademark filing system is inherently challenging, and this service will make protecting your intellectual property a little bit easier. Plus, it’s free.”

The celebration will include a day of programming around IP, commendations from the UTPTO and City of Rochester, and a keynote address by Susan Tull of the law firm Finnegan on the patenting of medicine.

For more information, or to register, please contact the Carlson Center at or 585-428-8110.

Wednesday, May 29, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Thursday, May 30, 9:00am – 3:30pm
Thursday, May 30, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Keynote Address: Susan Tull, a Finnegan Law partner, practices patent-related work, including litigation, prosecution, and opinion work in both mechanical and electrical technologies.

Friday, May 31, 10:00am – 1:00pm