Patent Office Now Located at UAF

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is the new home of the state’s only U.S. patent office.  The office formerly run out of the Anchorage Library is moving to the Keith B. Mather Library at the UAF  Geophysical Institute.  Librarian Judie Triplehorn says the office will help inventors and entrepreneurs navigate the DVD formatted federal data base.

Triplehorn says if someone has an idea, the office can help search the data base of existing patents or trademarks.  She says the office will also have paperwork needed to file applications with the federal patent office.  Anchorage’s Loussac Library long housed the Alaska’s patent office, but a librarian there, Doug McCallister says tight staffing and declining use led them to seek a new home for the facility.  He says UAF is a good fit.

McCallister says the patent office was first offered to the University of Alaska Anchorage, but when UAA declined, UAF was contacted.

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