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Patents on Your Mind?

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Business | Government

On March 16, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  is changing the patent system;  switching from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file standard. The change intends to simplify the process and to bring the U.S.  in line with global standards.

According to Mainebiz, “has some Maine companies and inventors scrambling to file under the current system, which patent law authorities in the state say is a more forgiving process.” To learn more about the upcoming changes and how Mainer’s are reacting, read this article from Mainebiz. 

In other breaking patent news, if you are interested in how long a patent lasts, the USPTO  has recently introduced a downloadable patent term calculator (beta version) as a resource to help the public estimate the expiration date of a patent.

Interested in more on patents? Check out some of these great books available at PPL:

man who invented

The man who invented the computer : the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer by Jane Smiley

the knockoff economy

The knockoff economy : how imitation sparks innovation by Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman

complete guide

Your complete guide to making millions with your simple idea or invention : insider secrets you need to know by Janessa Castle

the inventors bible

The inventor’s bible : how to market and license your brilliant ideas by Ronald Louis Docie, Sr.

telephone

The telephone gambit : chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s secret / Seth Shulman

 

the art

The art of invention : the creative process of discovery and design b


USCIS Immigration Corner

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Government

IMG_3245The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has generously donated a collection of resources for circulation to PPL. Furthermore, there is now a shelf on the Lower Level of the Main Library full of items donated from USCIS that folks can take (for free!) to help prepare for the process.

Sally Bauvelt, Field Office Director, and Cindy Lembarra, Supervisory Immigration Services Officer,  want to be sure that people know that at the USCIS office in South Portland they are available and willing to help. In fact, they even plan on setting up workshops in the near future here at PPL to talk to New Mainers about any immigration questions they have and  to help answer any questions around the citizenship process.

If you speak with anyone who may find these materials helpful, please send them our way!

A sample of the available items (with links to the library catalog):

flahs     Civics flash cards for the new naturalization test

The USCIS naturalization  interview and test [videorecording] from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services.

Civics and citizenship multimedia presentation [videorecording] : a  promise of freedom : an introduction to U.S. history and civics for immigrants :  becoming a U.S. citizen : an overview of the naturalization process from the  U.S.  Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Resources are also available on the USCIS website at the Citizenship Resource Center.

We at PPL, are very thankful to the USCIS for the support of the library and for their support of the New Mainers community. 

 


Get The Vote Out!

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Exhibits & Displays | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Government

PPL’s Business and Government Team proudly announces a unique art display at the Main Library. In collaboration with the Public Engagement Students at Maine College of Art, we encourage you to VOTE!

 

“What is the B+G Team?” you ask.  The B+G Team is a group of PPL staff and civic minded colleagues who, among other goals,  aim to create a culture of civil literacy and civic engagement here in Portland; resulting in a first-rate quality of life and community.  How do we propose to do this?  Through research support, public programming, public forums/conversations on important topics, by maintaining a collection of up-to-date political and current event titles (both in print and for your e-reader), by engagement of the City’s efforts and now… also through ART! PPL is not only a place to check out a good book (though we do have plenty);the library is also a dynamic and energetic community center.  So, you can see voting is something our Team cares about. We don’t offer opinions on how you vote or who you vote for, we simply encourage you to educate yourself on the issues and then get out and VOTE!

This fantastic collection of posters was created by the talented students in the Graphic Design Jr Studio, taught by Charles Melcher and David Puelle, with support from the Public Engagement Program at MECA.  The posters were designed in connection with AIGA’s Get Out the Vote campaign, which invites designers to create nonpartisan posters and videos that inspire the American public to participate in the electoral process and vote in the2012 general election. PPL is  honored to hang the posters in our window and are very thankful for the student’s efforts in creating the art and for caring about the electoral process.


The Graphic Designers
Cassie Amicone, Kailin Callender, Sam Chabot, Vanessa DeMars, Jon Foster, Chrissy Hill, Nicloe Holmes, Cori Kippin, Sarah McLean, Shelby Newsted, Celia Packard, Hannah Sherwood, Carly Soos, Anna Taylor, Katie Tomasyan and Sabrina Volante

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