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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

Contacting the PTRC

If you would like assistance at the PTRC, please email or call to set up an appointment.

David Irvin

Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University Library

Business Librarian


Phone: (575) 646-6925.


A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.

Trademarks can be registered with various individual states, the USPTO, and other countries. Performing a thorough trademark search is complicated by the number of different trademark registration sites.

Learn some Basic Facts About Trademarks in this booklet.

Trademark Information Network - Instructional Videos

The following videos are in English with English captioning, or in English with Spanish captioning. The first video's link and descriptions are included below. The remaining fifteen videos* may be accessed at the USPTO website.

  1. VIDEO: "Introduction to the USPTO and Trademark Basics"

This video outlines the differences between trademarks, patents, and copyrights, and introduces the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and its Trademark Information Network (TMIN) series. It provides information about the federal trademark registration process, as well as highlights the rights and protection you gain by federally registering your trademark. The video also features brief interviews with the USPTO's top-level executives: the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and the Commissioner for Trademarks.

VIDEO: "Introducción a la Oficina de Marcas y Patentes de los Estados Unidos (conocida como "USPTO" por sus siglas en Inglés) y Los Fundamentos del Proceso de Registro de Marcas"

Este video resume las diferencias entre marcas registradas, patentes y los derechos de autor. Proporciona información sobre el proceso del registro federal de marcas registradas, así como también destaca los derechos y protecciones se reciben al inscribir la marca. El video también ofrece entrevistas breves con los ejecutivos a nivel superior del USPTO.

* additional Trademark Videos:

2.  Before You File / Antes de Solicitar

3.  Searching / Búsqueda

4.  Applicant Information / Datos Del Solicitante

5.  Drawing Issues / El Dibujo de la Marca

6.  Goods and Services  / Los Bienes y Servicios

7.  Filing Basis Information / Información Sobre las Bases Para la Presentación de una Solicitud

8.  Specimen / El Espécimen de la Marca

9.  After You File / Después de Solicitar

10.  Statement of Use / Declaración de Uso

11. Petitions / Peticiones

12. Post-registration Issues / Asuntos Relevantes Después de Registrar la Marca

13. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board / La Comisión de Audiencias y Recursos en Materia de Marcas

14. Response to an Office Action / Respuesta a una Acción de Oficina

15. Assignments and Ownership Changes / Asignaciones y Cambios de Dueño

16. Solicitation Alert / Aviso Sobre Cartas de Solicitud