Carlson Center for Intellectual Property

The Carlson Center for Intellectual Property assists with prior art searches and filing for patents, trademarks, and copyright.


The Carlson Center for Intellectual Property is part of the national network of Patent and Trademark Resource Centers, designated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to receive and maintain a collection of U.S. patent and trademark documents for public use. Our expert staff regularly undergo extensive training at the USPTO headquarters and can save you time and money in identifying prior art. Additionally, we offer inventors 3D printing and graphing software for prototypes. Whether you are filing a patent, trademark, or copyright, we will be with you every step of the way. These services are provided at no cost and are by appointment only. Check out our website at

Patent Virtual Assistance Center

PVAC allows you to virtually consult with a USPTO Patent Examiner through a webcam and remote filesharing. This service is crucial to ensuring your application has all the necessary documentation that is required for filing. This service is provided at no cost and is by appointment only.

Services Provided

Legal Services

  • Patent Seminars (Specialty)
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information (Specialty)
Contact Information
Kate Meddaugh
Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
115 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604