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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

Welcome to the New Mexico Patent & Trademark Resource Center, physically located in the Zuhl Library at New Mexico State University. This guide presents a variety of resources and tools for searching the patent and trademark literature.You are also invited to make an appointment to use the resources that are on-site - some of which are available only at the PTRC.

How PTRCs Can Help...

Patenting an invention and trademarking a product name can be challenging.  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
  • 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


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

PTRC Grand Opening Training

Below are the presentations given at the day-long public patent and trademark training session that was held in conjunction with the Grand Opening of the PTRC on Sept. 21, 2016.