*FEDLINK Great Escapes Tour: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Scientific &
Technical Information Center - Thursday December 8, 2016, 2:00 pm*

*Register at:

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 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

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

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.

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

*Date:* Thursday December 8, 2016

*Time:* 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

*Place:* 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/Directions:* 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.

*Sponsor:* FEDLINK Education Working Group

*Information*: Call FEDLINK (202) 707-4813 TTY (202) 707-4995 Request ADA
Accommodations five business days in advance at [log in to unmask]
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*Registration*: Free, but advanced registration is required. *Limited to 25
attendees*.  Please register at *

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

George Franchois
Director - U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
Office of the Secretary - Office of Facilities and Administrative Services
1849 C Street, NW, Room 2262, MS 1151
Washington, DC 20240
E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
Phone: (202) 208-3796
Fax: (202) 208-6773
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