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Second Saturday Conversation: An Introduction to Intellectual Property

March 10, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

About Second Saturdays

Second Saturday Conversations feature interesting sci-tech and engineering speakers and topics in an informal setting. The programs are held in the Auditorium or Main Reading Room from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

The exhibition galleries and the William N. Deramus III Cosmology Theater are open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Free admission and parking. Reference, research, and circulation services are not available on Second Saturdays.

The March 10 lecture

The Linda Hall Library is one of 85 Patent and Trademark Resources Centers (PTRC) designated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (and the only PTRC in Kansas City).  Michelle Lahey, the Library’s Public Services Manager and PTRC Representative, will give an overview of intellectual property, explaining the differences between copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. She will also cover what services are offered by the Library and how you can access them.

About the speaker

In her 15 years at the Linda Hall Library, Michelle Lahey, currently Public Services Manager, has served in a variety of positions in reference and collection development. She was previously Library Manager at MRIGlobal and worked as a librarian at Bayer and St. Luke’s Hospital. She is active in local library networks and has spoken at numerous national library conferences. She earned an MLS from Emporia State University and a BA in History from William Jewell College. A native of the Kansas City area and an avid Royals fan, she is looking forward to baseball season and Daniel Mack’s lecture next month.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required.


Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter.

Further reading

Docie, Ronald Louis. The Inventor’s Bible. 4th ed., Ten Speed Press, 2015.
Stim, Richard. Patent, Copyright & Trademark. 14th ed., Nolo Press, 2016.
Fishman, Stephen. The Public Domain. 8th ed., Nolo Press, 2017.


March 10
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Eric Ward


Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, 64110 United States
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Questions? Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information about these events.