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Patent & Trademark Resource Center

New Mexico State University Library houses the state and regional Patent & Trademark Resource Center. Patenting an invention and trademarking a product name can be challenging. PTRC library staff are information experts trained on how to use search tools

New Mexico Patent & Trademark Resource Center

Your destination for patent and trademark research in New Mexico!

Welcome to the New Mexico Patent & Trademark Resource Center, physically located in the Zuhl Library at New Mexico State University.

How the PTRC Can Help...

Patenting an invention and trademarking a product name can be challenging (not to mention, expensive.) 

But if you are planning to patent your idea by yourself, we can help. We have exclusive access to some of the best patent research tools in the business. We have a space for you to come and sit down and do an extended patent search. We have a librarian trained up to USPTO standards. At the NMSU PTRC, you can find all relevant "prior art" that might affect your patent application.

And it's free!

PTRC library staff are information experts trained on how to use search tools to access patent and trademark information. They provide the human touch that no web page or legal book can provide in helping inventors and small businesses find the information they need to protect their intellectual property.  (However, PTRC representatives are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice.)

PTRC library staff can assist with the following:

  • Provide access to resources such as PubEAST and PubWEST, examiner-based search systems that no one else has access to in New Mexico
  • Direct you to information and explain the application process and fee schedule
  • Demonstrate how to use search tools to conduct a patent or trademark search
  • Show you a directory of local patent attorneys who are licensed to practice before the USPTO
  • Offer classes on intellectual property
  • Offer assistance on how to do historical research on patents and trademarks
  • Help you find assignee information
  • and much more

Through the PTRC Program, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office provides participating libraries access to patent and trademark information and resources, including tools the general public can use to conduct self-directed and preliminary patent and/or trademark searching.

Conducting intellectual property research can be a complicated and time-consuming process. The completeness or accuracy of a search rests entirely on the individual doing the search. Reference librarians can provide general instruction in the use of the search tools provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but cannot conduct searches for patrons nor provide legal advice. The U.S. PTO recommends that individuals consult an intellectual property attorney for legal advice regarding patent and trademark processes.
To speak with a librarian for further information, please call (575) 646-6925 or send an e-mail to

The PTRC is located at New Mexico State University, in the Zuhl Library, 2911 McFie Circle, room 121


 The best place to park is in the lot at the end of Jordan Rd. From University Ave, turn onto Jordan to the south, into campus. I’m putting a map here, so you can see the area. On the right side of the map, where Jordan ends, a parking lot begins. The parking is next to Milton Hall, and the library is just south of that (I marked it with a red bubble on the map).


Parking information and directions to the New Mexico State University Campus may be found in the box to the left.


Coming for Patent information?

VIEW the Patent Protection in the United States presentation.
--also see the training tutorials in the box below

Coming for Trademark information?

VIEW the Overview of Trademarks presentation.                                                                                                                   
--also see the training tutorials in the box below

Interested in Intellectual Property?

The NMSU PTRC offers help with patent and trademark searches, but we also collection materials that are of interest to inventors. Here is an internet archive of articles published by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).

We have hard copies in the PTRC, if you are interested in browsing them. As a reminder, you can register for a research session using the "Book now" link on the left side of this screen. See you soon! 

USPTO/PTRC Event Presentations


Officials from the USPTO in Dallas delivered a 3-hour comprehensive public learning session Oct. 17. The event was a big success with more than a dozen inventors in attendance. The USPTO experts presented to the inventors and answered many questions about the patent and trademark office.