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Patents & Trademarks: Get the Information you need to protect your Intellectual Property

Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:30am – 5:00pm

This program will be held on the Huxley Theater, located on the 1st floor of The Cultural Education Center.

Join us for this free seminar for inventors, entrepreneurs, educators and legal professionals. This all-day event will be presented by Daphne Joseph and Spruce Fraser, librarians from the Patent and Trademark Resources Center Program of US Patent and Trademark Office. You can attend one or more sessions or the entire day. Registration is recommended.

Time Session
9:30 am Sign-In and Registration Packets
10:00am - 10:15am Welcome
Stephanie Barrett, Sr. Librarian, New York State Library
10:15am - 11:30am Overview of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets
Presented by Daphne Joseph, Librarian, PTRCP, USPTO
11:30am - 11:45am Break
11:45am - 1:00pm Conducting a Preliminary Trademark Search Using USPTO Databases
Presented by Spruce Fraser, Librarian, PTRCP, USPTO
1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch (on your own)
 2:00pm - 3:15pm Conducting a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search Using USPTO Databases
Presented by Daphne Joseph, USPTO
3:15pm - 3:45pm PubEAST and PubWEST Overview
Presented by Spruce Fraser, USPTO
3:45pm - 4:00pm Break
4:00pm - 5:00pm New York State Library Resources and Small Business Resources
Presented by Stephanie Barrett, Sr. Librarian, NYSL

Registration: Register online, e-mail NYSLTRN@nysed.gov, or call 518-474-2274. Please let us know if any reasonable accommodation is required (Americans with Disabilities Act) at least three business days prior to the program date.


USPTO Trainers

Daphne Joseph

Daphne Joseph joined the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program (PTRCP) in January 2011. She manages the PTRCP list-serves, web pages and event calendars. As one of PTRCP’s expert searchers and Intellectual Property (IP) specialists, she is a frequent lecturer to inventors, attorneys, and entrepreneurs across the nation. Daphne began her USPTO career as a Librarian in the Public Search Facility (2001-2010) and was one of the primary instructors of the patent database search systems of PubEAST and PubWEST for members of the public. She continues to provide daily assistance concerning patents and trademarks to professional patent and trademark researchers, PTRC staff, and to the general public.

Before joining the USPTO, Daphne began her library career as a Library Technician in the Criminal Library of the Department of Justice, and was employed as a Technical Information Specialist at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Library. Additionally, at the beginning of her government life, she had held various positions within the Department of Agriculture (1975-1985) before embarking on her career in library science. Daphne holds a B.S. in Radio, Television and Film and a B.S. in Paralegal Studies. She also holds an M.S. in Library and Information Sciences.

Spruce Fraser

Spruce Fraser joined the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) Program as a Librarian in January 2017. Prior to that, she worked for the Saint Louis Public Library for fifteen years, five of those as the PTRC Representative. Spruce is a strong believer in helping people help themselves; besides teaching free workshops, she did PTRC outreach to schools, business groups, entrepreneur, and inventor organizations ranging from elementary school children, high school entrepreneurs, to inventors in the Saint Louis inventor community.

Spruce has assisted college and university administrators, faculty, and students at McGill University, Providence College, and the Stevens Institute of Business and Arts. She also provided reference services at the Etobicoke Public Library (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Providence Public Library (Providence, RI), and the Saint Louis Public Library. Before moving to the United States, Spruce worked for Canadian Pacific Limited in several capacities, including as a pioneer systems analyst; as amember of the Customer Action Team for Service, where she created the first corporate Customer Satisfaction Index; and in the Marketing Automotive Department, where she streamlined the management of automotive facilities.

Spruce has studied in Canada, Finland, and Germany. She has published articles in the field of botany and geography. She is a past-president of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association (PTRCA), after holding several positions on their Executive Board. She has served as the Founding President of the Montreal Chapter of the Canadian Friends of Finland; as Vice-President of the business organization, The Toronto Railway Club; and as Vice-President and President of the Providence Public Library Staff Association. She has university degrees in Geography, Environmental Studies, and Library Science.


Last Updated: May 1, 2017