After 54 years of helping residents patent innovations, the Sunnyvale Public Library’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center will close.

The Sunnyvale City Council unanimously voted at its Nov. 28 meeting to discontinue the center. The council followed a unanimous recommendation to do so from the Board of Library Trustees.

The center, which opened in 1963, is one of seven patent and trademark resource centers in the state, with others located in Los Angeles, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose. The San Jose center opened in January 2016 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library. A U.S. patent and trademark office opened in downtown San Jose the year prior.

After the San Jose offices opened, the Sunnyvale center’s use “declined to the point of being nearly nonexistent,” according to the staff report.

During the second quarter of 2016, 70 people utilized the center, whereas only 15 did during the second quarter of this year. The 300-square-foot space could instead be used for study rooms, training labs and dedicated space for teens, according to the staff report.

Councilman Jim Griffith lamented the end of the resource center, but admitted that more and more people were doing things electronically or at the San Jose office.

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