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From Creativity to Classification: A Logical Approach to Patent Searching

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Technical Session 2: Improving Information Literacy Programs

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Engineering Libraries

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Marian G. Armour-Gemmen West Virginia University

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Marian Armour-Gemmen has been the Patent & Trademark librarian at West Virginia University Libraries since 2003. In this capacity she assists inventors throughout the state of West Virginia. She is also the engineering bibliographer, with particular interest in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Previously she worked as the head of the Physical Sciences Library and as an associate in the Government Documents department. She is a past president of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Association. She holds a M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina, a M.A. from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. from Calvin College.

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Engineering students and professors need to understand and search intellectual property. In the past, librarians have instructed them on using the United States Patent Classification (USPC). In 2015, after a period of transition, the United States Patent and Trademark Office phased out the USPC and began exclusively classifying in the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC). This adoption presented librarians a challenge of instructing students and professors in the easiest and most effective patent search. By tying patent searching to an example and presenting classification in an understandable fashion using CPC in conjunction with USPC, this writer presents a logical directed search module.

Armour-Gemmen, M. G. (2017, June), From Creativity to Classification: A Logical Approach to Patent Searching Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28389

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