Cal Poly Offers Graphic Communication Literature Search Services

Through the newly established Raymond J. Prince Graphic Arts Collection, the largest graphic arts library collection in the world, Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department, through the Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly (GrCI), is now offering literature searches for industry and education.

Benefits for the industry

This central resource exists to explore industry trends and technologies dating back well over 100 years. This resource can also be used to discover Prior Art when exploring prospective patent possibilities or when exploring existing patent validity.

Benefits for education

This central resource exists for research and publishing to amass new information for students, faculty members, and consultants requiring specialized information.

"The Printing Industry and Patent Trolls"
    Articles by Harvey R. Levenson, PhD.

The Raymond J. Prince
Graphic Arts Collection includes:
PIA E. H. Wadewitz Collection
Frank Preucil Collection
Dr. Fred W. Billmeyer Collection
Lee Augustine Collection
William Stevens Collection
Printing Industries of America Collection
Art Diamond Toners, Inkjet, and
Photoreceptor Publications
Al Materazzi Collection
International Prepress Association and publications absorbed dating to the late 1800s
Seybold Collection
Richard S. Fisch - Robert L. Leslie Graphic Arts Collection
Graphic Communication Rare Books
Raymond J. Prince Resource Room Publications
Steve Michlin Recharger Publications
Cal Poly Shakespeare Press Museum Publications
Complete set of Graphic Arts Monthly
Complete set of American Printer Publications
Complete set of TAGA Journals

Examples of Literature Resource Usage

Example 1

A company in the printing, software, hardware, inkjet, toner, or other technology or consumable areas of the graphic arts or imaging industries is developing a new product and wants to make sure that the product, or any part of it, is not in violation of an existing patent. A Prior Art search conducted by the GrCI can uncover products that may be in conflict with existing patent claims, or such a search can confirm that there is no conflicting Prior Art, thereby clearing the way for product development.

Example 2

A company in the graphic arts or related imaging industries is sued for using a technology that violates an existing patent. A search by the GrCI can help to uncover Prior Art that may disqualify the patent or patents in question because of Prior Art that was not discovered or disclosed during the application process of patents in question. Many issued patents have been nullified when Prior Art has been discovered that was not disclosed during patent applications.

Example 3

A graduate student studying graphic arts or related imaging disciplines has a major paper, thesis, or dissertation to do as part of a degree requirement. However, the student does not have access to a searchable database for discovering all relevant and previously published material related to the topic of study. A literature search conducted by the GrCI may provide the information required.

Example 4

A professor or industry consultant is writing a book or article on a topic related to graphic arts technology or management, and wants to document the information being written and credit the original sources of such information. A literature search conducted by the GrCI will not only provide the bibliographic citations required, but can also provide new information that the authors may have not had access to or know exists.





















To request a literature search, or for more information, please contact the GrCI office at (805) 756-2645 or email the GrCI Director

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