Ready to start the patent or trademark application process, or just exploring the possibility? Either way, your first step will be to conduct a patent or trademark search in order to see if someone has previously patented your invention idea or registered your trademark.
Intellectual property searches can be time consuming and complicated. Although we cannot offer you legal advice or perform such searches for you, we can teach you how to search using U.S. Patent and Trademark databases and other resources.
The Mesa County Libraries Central Library is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in Grand Junction, Colorado, designated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to provide the public with patent and trademark-related help. PTRC resources are available during regular hours at the Central Library, and in-person assistance is available by appointment.
As a PTRC, we receive a variety of patent and trademark searching tools. The Library is open to the public, and there is no charge to use the materials.