Library celebrates 20 years as patent and trademark depository

The Library will celebrate its 20th anniversary as a federally-designated patent and trademark depository library on Nov. 14.

The responsibilities of a patent and trademark depository library include receiving and housing copies of U.S. patents and patent and trademark research materials, making patents and trademarks accessible to the public, and educating users in searching patents and trademarks.

There are 86 patent depository libraries in the U.S. The Boston Public Library is the only other patent depository in Massachusetts.

Since becoming a depository, there have been four patent depository librarians: Eric Esau, Selma Etter, Cindy Spell, and Leonard Adams, who currently holds the post.

From 1984 to 2003, the Patent and Trademark Collection was located in the Physical Sciences and Engineering Library (now known as the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library). This year, it was moved to Government Documents on the sixth floor of the the Du Bois Library.

An exhibit honoring the Library’s years as a patent and trademark depository library will be on display Nov. 12-29 on the main floor of the Du Bois Library.

Leonard Adams will give a presentation on the history and types of patents, and the Patent and Trademark Office, from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, in the Calipari Room on the Library''s main floor.