The Ferris Library for Information, Technology and Education (FLITE) is a federally designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). Other PTRCs in Michigan are at the University of Michigan Engineering Library, the Detroit Public Library, and Michigan Technological University. Please note that while the Patents & Trademarks Librarian can provide training on how to effectively use the patent and trademark search tools, he cannot conduct the actual search, interpret patent and trademark laws, express any opinion on the patentability of a particular invention, or suggest appropriate application forms.
Contact Paul Kammerdiner, the Patents & Trademarks Librarian, to make an appointment. Questions via phone or email are also welcome.
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The patent librarian and other staff members are strictly prohibited from interpreting intellectual property law (patents, trademarks, copyright, etc.), offering legal advice or opinions, performing patent searches for users, or providing advice on how to file a patent or trademark application. Users shall not infer from any assistance provided by the patent librarian or any other staff member any conclusion concerning the patentability of any invention or design or the validity of any trademark.
Furthermore, the patent librarian or any other staff member is not permitted to provide opinions on the effectiveness of a searcher's efforts to identify a field of search, nor may give advice or opinion pertaining to the specifics of the technology the searcher is examining.