USPTO - GENERAL QUESTIONS
 

Do you have an 800 number?
How do I find out if I need a patent, trademark or a copyright?
How do I apply for a copyright?
Where can I obtain a USPTO form?
Does the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office offer tours?
How do I obtain information regarding the Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program?
Is there help to enforce trademarks, patents and copyrights overseas and stop pirated or counterfeited goods?


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INVENTION HELP
  Can you give me some information on companies that can help with my invention?
How do I get help marketing my invention?
I would like to sell a patent. Do you have a way of advertising it?
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Do I need a patent attorney or agent to file my patent application?
Can the Patent Office recommend a patent attorney or agent to assist me with filing my application?
Does the patent office control the fees charged by the patent attorneys or agents for their services?
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How do I become a registered patent attorney or agent?
How do I get my results from the attorney exam?
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PATENTS - BASIC PROCESSING
  What is a patent?
What is the difference between a utility patent and a design patent?
What is the difference between a disclosure document and a provisional application?

How can I obtain patent application drawing information?
How can I order the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure on disk?
How do I obtain a copy of a patent or a patent application publication?
I lost my original grant patent, can I get another?

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How can I find out the inventor's name of a particular patent?
How can I find out if my invention is already patented?
Do I have to come to Alexandria, Virginia to do a patent search?
How do I conduct a patent assignment search?
How do I obtain a complete file history of a patent?
How do I check on the status of my pending patent application?
How do I obtain the status of a patent?
How does one file protest on patents that are pending?
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How long does it take for a patent application to be processed?
How long does patent protection last?

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How do I apply for a patent?
Can I download patent forms off the Internet or web site?
Can I bring in my patent application to your office?
Can I fax in my patent application?

How can I get patent information on submitting a change of correspondence address?

When should I receive my patent filing receipt?
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PATENTS - AMENDMENT PROCESSING

If an application is filed with a preliminary amendment to add several new claims, does the preliminary amendment have to include a complete listing of all claims in compliance with revised 37 CFR 1.121?
May I submit a complete claim listing in a reply when I am not making any changes to the claims, such as responding to a restriction requirement or merely arguing a rejection?

If I filed an amendment under the previous version of 37 CFR 1.121 with a certificate of mailing date before July 30, 2003, the effective date of revised 37 CFR 1.121, but the Office received the amendment on or after July 30, 2003, would the amendment be accepted as a compliant amendment under 37 CFR 1.121?

I have canceled a claim and renumbered the other claims during the international stage of an international application that was subsequently entered in the national stage. I would like to file an amendment to the claims in the national stage of the international application, what status identifier(s) should I use for the renumbered claims?
When I file an amendment to the drawings, do I need a Letter to the Office Draftsman?

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Can I use the transmittal letter of a continuation or divisional application to amend the first sentence of the specification to add the benefit claim to the parent application?

I filed an after-final amendment in compliance with the previous version of 37 CFR 1.121 with a certificate of mailing date before July 30, 2003 and the amendment was not entered by the Office. I would like to file a request for continued examination (RCE) under 37 CFR 1.114 and have the after-final amendment to be entered as the submission for the RCE. If the RCE is filed on or after July 30, 2003, would the Office accept the after-final amendment as a compliant amendment when the amendment is entered as the submission for the RCE?

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TRADEMARKS - GENERAL INFORMATION AND PROCESSING
  What is a trademark and a service mark?
What are the benefits of a federal trademark registration?
What is the difference between TM and the R within the circle ?
What constitutes interstate commerce?

How do I obtain a copy of a trademark?
Is a trademark search necessary?
How do I record a trademark assignment?

How long does a trademark registration last?

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How do I get a trademark?
Do I need an attorney to file my trademark application?

Can I download trademark forms off the Internet or web site?
Can I apply for a Trademark electronically or on the Web?
Can I fax in my trademark application?
Can I bring in my trademark application to your office?

Can your office do a trademark search?
How can I get the status on my pending trademark application?

How can I get trademark information on submitting a change of correspondence address?

How long does it take to register a trademark?
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FEES & PAYMENTS

 

see Fees & Payments FAQ for General, Payments, Refunds, Deposit Accounts, & Vendor Invoices information

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