May 2018 Program


Grandpa’s Invention: Genealogical Research with U.S. Patents

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Central Branch, 1 Lafayette Circle, Buffalo, NY 14203.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Meeting Travel Advisory:
For those who use the Skyway (Route 5) - Please make note of the ongoing NYSDOT construction; specific to Saturdays, the Buffalo Skyway will be open to outbound (westbound) traffic only.

Searching for patents and navigating the U.S. patents system can be an overwhelming task. This workshop will take away some of the mystery and highlight the possible rewards. Did a relative member come up with a great idea? Did they take the steps to protect their invention? In addition to the specifics of the invention a patent can include: biographical information, name changes, the inventor's citizenship, addresses, employer information, names of executors, and signatures.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) website
  • Searching the database
  • Introduction to the print resources
  • Overview of specialized patent resources

    Instructor: Andrew C. Maines, MLS, PTRC Representative & Government Document Librarian, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

    Presented in partnership with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

    >>Click here to download a PDF version of the event flyer.


    Last updated: May 1, 2018