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Grand Opening: Georgia Southern Libraries’ Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Georgia Southern University Libraries are hosting the grand opening of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in Savannah on Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. and Statesboro on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. PTRCs comprise a network of 84 libraries nationwide that disseminate patent and trademark information and support the diverse intellectual property needs of the public. Georgia Southern Libraries are one of two officially designated PTRCs in Georgia for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 

John Schlipp assists a woman in the Georgia Southern Libraries PTRC.

Georgia Southern’s PTRC partners with the University’s Business Innovation Group (BIG) and other regional like-minded organizations to foster innovation and creativity. Dignitaries from the USPTO, including Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director Derrick Brent, will attend the ribbon cutting event at the Armstrong Center in Savannah on Sept. 27. 

“With the recent economic development of Hyundai’s Mega Site, associated suppliers, and regional commerce, our PTRC cultivates a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship,” stated Georgia Southern’s PTRC librarian representative John Schlipp. Innovators and creative colleagues utilizing the PTRC service at Georgia Southern University Libraries will be able to determine the potential for their patent applications and federal registration for a trademark on their inventions, products, or services.

The two events will act as workshops for investors, entrepreneurs and business startups. The PTRC at Georgia Southern can assist patrons in conducting their own free patent and trademark searches on specialized databases of the USPTO. Additionally, patrons can receive one-on-one instruction on the application process, improve awareness of a product field, determine application feasibility, and prepare for consulting with an attorney. 

Visit the PTRC grand opening library guide for further details and to make a reservation to attend the workshops at either the Statesboro or Savannah campuses. For more information, or to schedule an appointment or group instruction, please contact John Schlipp at or (912) 478-7818.

Last updated: 9/20/2023