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FEDLINK Orientation to Federal Libraries and Information Centers Series:
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Scientific & Technical Information Center

Thursday December 8, 2016

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Scientific and Technical Information Center (STIC), was established under the Patent Act of 1836. The Act of 1836 provided for the construction of a physical Patent Office and an official library. The creation of the library was an important step toward modernizing the patent process which began with the Patent Act of 1790. From top members of George Washington's cabinet in 1790 to the 21st century, more than 200 years later, the Patent Office has examined millions of patents and currently employs more than 13,000 people.

The tour will include a look at the various types of information services provided by STIC and other library-type service centers at the USPTO, such as an Electronic Information Center (a patent-area specific library), the USPTO Public Search Room, the Trademark Library, and the Inventor's Hall of Fame, as well as a discussion of the USPTO's role in meeting information needs globally.

The role of STIC has grown over its more than 175 year history to a premiere service organization within the Office of Patent Information Management, OPIM. STIC's mission and purpose is to assist examiners in the patent process by providing fast, accurate search strategies and results; document delivery; foreign patents; translations of foreign documents; and training and access of non-patent literature (NPL) in various databases and resources.

Today, STIC's mission is to enhance patents quality and examiner effectiveness through search, information services, and training; enabling examiners to deliver high quality and timely examination of patent applications. STIC received the prestigious Large Library/Information Center Federal Information Center of the Year Award in 2000 and again in 2005. This award was presented by the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC), now FEDLINK, which fosters excellence in federal library and information services through interagency cooperation.


Thursday December 8, 2016


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


USPTO Scientific & Technical Information Center (STIC) Madison Building Lobby 600 Dulany Street Alexandria, VA 22314. Please bring a valid photo ID with you in order to enter the USPTO Madison Building.


Metro Yellow or Blue line to the King Street station in Alexandria.
Take Metro's Yellow or Blue line to the King Street station in Alexandria. Follow the pedestrian tunnel under Duke St. The

George Washington Masonic Memorial will be to your right, behind you, and the USPTO Headquarters will be in front of you.

The Madison East and Madison West Buildings are located on Dulany St. about 2.5 blocks from the Duke Street pedestrian

tunnel. You can identify them by the central glass Atrium that joins the East and West buildings. We will meet in the lobby of

the Atrium.


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Free, but advanced registration<> is required. Limited to 25 attendees.

Please notify FEDLINK at (202) 707-4848 if you cannot attend to allow those on the waiting list an opportunity to register.