Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the South Central Intellectual Property Partnership at Rice (SCIPPR) Office Records, 1997-2002



Collection Summary

Creator: Rice University. South Central Intellectual Property Partnership at Rice (SCIPPR) Office.
Title: South Central Intellectual Property Partnership at Rice (SCIPPR) Office Records
Dates: 1997-2002
Abstract: The South Central Intellectual Property Partnership at Rice (SCIPPR) was established in 1997 as a partnership between Fondren Library, Rice University, and the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to provide specialized services to the intellectual property community of greater Houston area, the south central United States, and Mexico. These records consist of documents relating to the planning and opening of the department and its eventual 2001 closing and the business conducted by SCIPPR during its days of operation. Included are billing, patent search requests, correspondence, general office files, meetings material, equipment planning and operational material.
Identification: Rice UA SCIPPR
Quantity: 6.25 cubic feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Organizational Sketch

The South Central Intellectual Property Partnership at Rice (SCIPPR) was established in 1997 as a partnership between Fondren Library, Rice University, and the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to provide specialized services to the region’s intellectual property community. SCIPPR was to provide fast, convenient patent and trademark service to the greater Houston area, the south central United States, and Mexico. A Patent and Trademark Depository Library since 1978, Fondren Library combined its research collections with the new resources of SCIPPR to provide specialized services for inventors, attorneys, and other researchers. For a fee the public could search for patents and trademarks using PTO databases not otherwise available to the public. Videoconferencing for classes and examiner interviews could also be used for a fee.

It was decided to close SCIPPR effective December 31, 2001. This decision was made because of 1) the high cost of the PTO charges to Rice and 2) because the level of community support and participation this service was intended to develop and the revenues expected were not enough to meet the University’s obligations for a self-sufficient, cost recovery center.


Scope and Contents

The SCIPPR office records are divided into four series. They consist of documents relating to the planning and opening of the department and its eventual closing and the business conducted by SCIPPR during its days of operation. Included are billing, patent search requests, correspondence, general office files, meetings material, equipment planning and operational material. The material in each folder is filed in chronological order.

Also included are architectural drawings by Chelsea Architects of the SCIPPR space and some larger items salvaged from the closing—framed photograph of the SCIPPR space, a plaque listing the Charter Member’s Names, and an award from the Greater Houston Partnership. There is one compact disc that has the Web material.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The general files are not restricted from access. However, all the customer requests and financial records are restricted and will eventually be destroyed, per the same guidelines as stand for the R.I.C.E. program. Records relating to SCIPPR employees are also restricted.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from the SCIPPR records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kile, Barabara
Subjects (Organizations)
Patent & Trademark Partnership Program
Rice University. South Central Intellectual Property Partnership at Rice (SCIPPR) Office
Chelsea Architects
Formats
Correspondence
Architectural drawings
Legal documents
Financial records

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

South Central Intellectual Property Partnership at Rice (SCIPPR) Office Records, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Provenance

This collection was transferred from Barbara Kile, former Director of SCIPPR, in January 2004.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I : Office Records, 1997-2002 (Boxes 1 – 6)

Includes documents relating to the opening/closing of the department and those relating to the daily operation of the department. Sub-headings include: Attendance Sheets, Equipment/Space Planning, Financial/Budget, Meetings/ Programs and Site Visits.
box folder
1 1 [SCIPPR] Brochures, 1998
2 Card from Clinton/Gore: Reinventing Government Team Member
3 Charter Subscriptions, 1997-2001 (see Plaque in Box 13)
4 Charter Subscriptions/ExxonMobil Meeting, 2000
5 Correspondence, 2001-2002
6 Declaration of Partnership Certificates, 1998
7 [SCIPPR] Employees (RESTRICTED FILE), 1998-2000
8 [SCIPPR] Final Papers with Backup Files, 1998-2002
9 Grand Opening, 1998
10-12 Handbook for Operation of SCIPPR – from Black Binder, 1997-98
13 Office of Public Records – Miscellaneous, 1997-98, n. d.
14 Partnership Agreement (signed original), 1998
15 Partnership Meetings, 1998-2001
box folder
2 1 Problems, 1997-99
2 [SCIPPR] Proposal, Folder I, 1996-March 1997
3 [SCIPPR] Proposal, Folder II, April 1997-98, n. d.
4 Statistical Reports, 1998-99
5 Strategic Plan, 1999-2000
6 Texas State Bar, Accreditation, Course Numbers, 1999-2001
7 Texas State Bar, Applications for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), 1999-2001
8 Texas State Bar, Correspondence and Miscellaneous, 1999-2002
9 Videoconferencing, 1997-2001
10 [SCIPPR] Web Site Compact Disc, 2001
Attendance Sheets (KEEP UNTIL 2006)
box folder
3 1 Patent Searching Class, 2001
2 Video Seminars, 1999-2000
Equipment/Space Planning
box folder
4 1 Equipment, 1997-98, 2000
2 [PTO] Equipment Installations, 1999-2001
3 Furniture, 1998
4-5 Inventory & Operational Support Documentation (PTDL Program), 1998-2000
6 Space Planning, 1997-98
7 Telephone : Miscellaneous (Brochures, Handouts, User Guides), 1998-1999
8 Work orders
Financial/Budget
box folder
4 9 Banner Reports: Fund Activities and Summary,1998-July 2001
10 Banner Reports: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1998-2001
11 Banner Reports: Rice Book Budget Status, 2001-2002
12 Banner Reports: Tax Information, 1998
13 [SCIPPR) Budget, 1997, 2000
14 Credit Card Deposits, 1998-2000
15 Credit Card Deposits, 1998-2001
box folder
5 1 Deposit Vouchers, July 1998-June 2000
2 Deposit Vouchers, July 2000-April 2002
3 Interdepartmental Transfers (IDT), 1998-2001
4 Telephone: ATT, 1998-2000
5 Telephone: PTO Operations, 1999-2002
6 Telephone: Southwestern Bell, 1998-99
7 Telephone [Fax] – TCR, 1998-2001
Meetings/Programs
box folder
5 8 American Inventors Protection Act Meeting – Consumer Outreach Program, 2000
9 American Inventors Protection Act Meeting – Consumer Outreach Program – Sign Up Sheets and Correspondence, 2000
10 Patent & Trademark Partnership Program – Fondren Library, 1996-97
11 Patent & Trademark Partnership Program – State Data Center Program, Reengineering Workshop, 1997
12 Public Forum on Patent Law, 2001
Site Visits
box folder
6 1 Great Lakes Patent & Trademark Center/Detroit Public Library, 1996-98
2 Sunnyvale Center for Innovation, Invention & Ideas, 1995-98



 

Series II : Patent Search Requests/Billing (Restricted), 1998-2002 (Boxes 7 - 12)

Includes Search Requests from various types of companies and people. Copies of some patents are included here.
Billing/charges are included in this series and ALL material in this series is restricted.
box folder
7 1 Bankrupt Clients, 1998-2001
2-8 Cash Transactions, 1998-2002
Charter Member Requests
box folder
8 1 Arnold & Associates, 1998-99
2 Arnold, White & Durkee, 1999-2000
3 Conley, Rose & Tayon, 1998-2000
4 Miscellaneous Companies, 1998-2000
5 Vinson & Elkins, June-October 1998
6 Vinson & Elkins, November 1998-2001
7-8 Credit Card Charges, 1998-1999
box folder
9 1-4 Credit Card Charges, 2000-2002
5 Dialog, 1999-2001
box folder
10 1-3 Foreign Patents Branch Orders, #s 7-338
4 InterLibrary Loan Requests, 1998-2001
5 Miscellaneous Companies, 1999
6 Office of Public Records Orders, 1998-2001
7 On-Line Searches, January-March 2001
box folder
11 1 On-Line Searches, April-July 2001
2 ExxonMobil Chemical, 2001
3-6 R.I.C.E., 1998-1999
box folder
12 1-6 R.I.C.E., 2000-2002



 

Series III : Awards and Plaques, 1998, n.d. (Box 13)

Includes an award from the Greater Houston Partnership, a plaque listing charter members and a framed photograph of the SCIPPR exterior.
box
13 7 ¾” Tall - Glass Award from the Greater Houston Partnership, Inscription reads: Presented to Rice University Partnership with U. S. Patent & Trademark Office for its contribution to the vitality of the Houston economy. April 1998
12” x 15” Wooden Plaque listing the Gold, Silver and Bronze Subscribers to SCIPPR
Framed Photograph of Exterior View of the SCIPPR Office



 

Series IV : Architectural Drawings, 1997-98

Drawings by Chelsea Architects of the SCIPPR space. 14 sheets.
Case
Drawer 17 168 - Set 1
A-0 Project Information Sheet
A-1 Demolition Floor Plan
A-2 Floor Plan
A-3 Enlarged Plan with Sections
A-4 Interior Elevations
A-5 Interior Elevations
A-6 Reflected Ceiling Plan
TAS-1 Texas Accessibility Standards
TAS-2 Texas Accessibility Standards
M1 Mechanical Plan
E1 Electrical Plan
Case
Drawer 17 169 - Set 2
A-2 Floor Plan
A-5 Interior Elevations
A-6 Reflected Ceiling Plan
Case
Drawer 17 170 – Set 3 (Revision #1, 2/2/98)
M1 Mechanical Plan
E1 Electrical Plan