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Wednesday January 28, 2015

Aiea Public Library Auditorium


Hawaii State Library presents a free all-day patent and trademark seminar for inventors, entrepreneurs, legal professionals, educators, students and the general public. The featured speakers will include representatives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Hawaii Small Business Development Center, High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) and Business Action Center.  This will be a rare and unique opportunity for learning step-by-step strategies for conducting preliminary U.S. patent and trademark searches from experts rarely available in Hawaii to avoid costly infringement lawsuits later, and discover local resources for inventors and entrepreneurs.

Planned sessions for the seminar include:

Overview of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets

Conducting a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search Using USPTO Databases

Conducting a Preliminary Federal Trademark Search Using USPTO Databases

Local Resources for Inventors and Entrepreneurs


PubWEST and PubEAST: Tools to Enhance Your Search Productivity

The robust patent search tools, PubWEST and PubEAST are the same public versions as the ones available on workstations at the USPTO Public Search Facility in Alexandria, VA.  They can reduce search time by 50% and are available only in the Patent and Trademark Resource Centers like Hawaii State Library Federal Documents Section.


The seminar will be held at the new Aiea Public Library in the auditorium. The program is open and free to the public, but registration is required. To register, call the library at (808) 586-3477.


Who We Are

The Federal Documents Section was independently formed on April 19, 1971 to accommodate the special collection and is located on the second floor of the Hawaii State Library. We select and help disseminate federal government documents, information and related materials to supplement the general collection of the Hawaii State Library.

The Hawaii State Library was designated a selective Federal Depository Library on May 31, 1929. We provide a resource-rich environment with no-fee access to materials and resources published by the federal government. A dedicated public access computer is available in the section for priority use to search and use any federal government supported website or database.


Other Federal Depository Libraries within the Hawaii State Public Library System include the Lihue Public Library on the island of Kauai and the Kahului Public Library on the island of Maui.

This Section was designated the sole Patent and Trademark Resource Center in Hawaii, and for the Pacific area, on December 18, 1989. We have been a certified Passport Acceptance Facility since July 15, 2003 and a Hawaii State Data Center Affiliate for the Hawaii State Library since March 12, 2007.