Intellectual Property Basics at the WSL

Oct 15, 2018

The Wyoming State Library is hosting a free series on intellectual property from the Rocky Mountain U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. These four interactive sessions during October and November will be broadcast to the State Library at 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne.

“There’s no better source for this information than the USPTO,” said Karen Kitchens, WSL State Publications Librarian. “These sessions will be useful for small business owners, entrepreneurs, inventors — anyone interested in patents and other intellectual property.”

The series will cover not just the basics, but also delve deeper into intellectual property topics. Each session can stand alone so participants may sign up for the full series or only the ones that match their interests. All will be held in the State Library’s meeting room:

  • Friday, October 19, 10-11 a.m.: IP Basics, Session I: Overview of Utility Patents, Design Patents, Trade Secrets, Copyrights, and Trademarks
  • Friday, November 2, 10-11 a.m.::IP Basics, Session II: Design Patents
  • Friday, November 16, 10-11 a.m.: IP Basics, Session III: Tips and Tricks for Patent Searching – the 7 Step Process
  • Friday, November 30, 10-11 a.m.: IP Basics, Session IV: How to File: Patent Electronic Systems

“IP Basics is valuable if you want a better understanding of intellectual property and how to protect it,” Kitchens said. “It’s going to be a legal process to patent, but this will give you more information and understanding before you take that step of contacting an attorney.”

More information is available at Pre-registration is requested, but not required. Contact Kitchens at or (307) 777-7281 with any questions.

The Wyoming State Library is a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). Learn more at

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