Author: Mandy Shannon

Free Trademark Basics Workshop – It’s All in a Name

Screenshot of USPTO Notice of opposition for KDB Pty Ltd

The Wright State University Libraries’ Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) is offering a free trademark workshop for beginning entrepreneurs and small businesses. The workshop will be held Saturday, December 11, 10:30am to 12:30pm in room 241/242 Dunbar Library.

Trademarks are important unique identifiers for commerce, and are a critical piece of a business’ intellectual property. This workshop will provide a foundation for those looking to get a trademark or service mark. Avoid the dreaded “cease-and-desist” letters and the upheaval of having to re-brand your business by determining what current marks exist in the marketplace.

Designed for those with little to no knowledge about intellectual property marks, the workshop will review trademark basics, including the differences between federal, state and common law marks. The mechanics of searching registered marks will be demonstrated using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site and the USPTO trademark database TESS.   A hand’s on portion will allow participants to practice some of the skills learned during the workshop.  A TEASPlus application filing will be demonstrated.  Evidence of use and specimens will also be explained.

Register here Seating for the workshop is limited to 10 to allow for social distancing and is filling up fast! If you cannot attend this workshop but want more information, contact Ran Raider, government and history librarian for the University Libraries, at or by calling (937) 775-3521.

In 2000, the Wright State University Libraries were designated a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  The PTRC is a regional public outreach program supported by the USPTO.

University Libraries Announce New Student Advisory Board, Invite Nominations

bulletin board that says join us

As part of the ongoing mission of the University Libraries to support success through access to exceptional research services and resources, we are pleased to announce the creation of a Student Advisory Board. The Board’s primary purpose will be to provide students direct access to library leadership to communicate the evolving needs of Wright State’s diverse student body. Student members of the Board will advise the Libraries on issues related to library spaces, services, and resources. 

Nominations for student representatives will be solicited from offices and organizations across the University to represent a variety of student perspectives and needs. Nominations for student representatives will be solicited from the following organizations and units: 

  • Student Government Association  
  • Graduate Student Assembly  
  • Office of Disability Services 
  • Transfer Student Resource Center 
  • Commuter Student Association 
  • University Center for International Education 
  • Division of Inclusive Excellence 
  • Lake Campus 

There will also be two At-Large representatives, bringing the total number of representatives to 10. The University Libraries will be represented by the University Librarian, Associate University Librarian, Head of the Web Advisory Team, and the Lake Campus LTC Director. 

The Student Advisory Board will meet three times each academic year: once in Fall Semester, at the beginning of Spring Semester, and at the end of Spring Semester. We want to know what’s important to you, what works as it is, and what we can do to improve. 

We are now accepting nominations for student members of the Board through October 15. We anticipate finalizing board membership by November 1 and expect to have the first meeting of the University Libraries Student Advisory Board in mid-November 2021.  

Would you like to join, or do you know someone who might want to join? Click here to go directly to the application and let us know that you’re interested! 

University Libraries Game Night Returns Friday August 27th

four women play games and smile in library group study room

The University Libraries invites all current Wright State students to attend our free Board Game Night, Friday, August 27, 2021 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Celebrate a successful first week of classes with food and games! Pizza, soda, and snacks will be provided while supplies last. Face masks are required.

This event will occur while the library is open (check out our fall semester hours here) so game night will be in the first floor Group Study Room. Check-in will be on the first floor by Starbucks. Your Wright1 Card is your ticket in, so please bring it with you.

This year we will focus specifically on board games and card games. The library has a large selection of board games, but feel free to bring your own games to share.

Stay tuned for the fall Starbucks hours!

Many thanks to our sponsors the Friends of the Libraries and Wright State Barnes and Noble Bookstore and to the Collegiate eSports Club and Tabletop Club for helping with the event!

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We are excited to welcome you back to campus and hope that you visit the library often!