The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recognizes that unreliable internet service creates barriers to innovators and entrepreneurs who want to federally protect their inventions and brands. To help overcome those barriers, we offer single-day, in-person, comprehensive overviews of how to file for a patent or register a trademark.
This pilot program aims to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in the intellectual property (IP) field and bring IP knowledge to internet deserts across America, from rural areas to urban areas and everywhere in between. Working with local community groups, we provide free workshops, resources, and access to USPTO experts.
Unreliable internet service shouldn’t prevent anyone from accessing valuable training about IP.
The following training programs are available:
One-day patents boot camp
The one-day patents boot camp is an in-person, single-day workshop for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and inventors in communities with limited or no internet access, covering tools, techniques, and resources to understand the patent application process. The event provides a scaffolded approach to understanding patents and IP rights, the importance of claims in a patent application and the various patent application requirements. It also includes how to search prior art, how to properly draft claims, understanding the application forms, and training on Patent Center for filing electronically. There’ll be plenty of question-and-answer sessions throughout the day, plus a discussion of free resources available through the USPTO.
One-day trademarks boot camp
The one-day trademarks boot camp is an in-person, single-day workshop for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and start-ups in communities with limited or no internet access, covering what they should know about trademarks. The event explores what trademarks are, the benefits of federal trademark registration, and the basics of the registration process. We’ll also discuss why it’s so important for any new business to select a trademark that is both federally registrable and legally protectable. Specific topics include fundamentals and searching, applications and filing, and responses and registration. There’ll be plenty of question-and-answer sessions throughout the day, plus a discussion of free resources available through the USPTO.