One-day patents boot camp

Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a one-day patents boot camp on November 8, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center in Carbondale, Illinois. This is an in-person, single-day workshop for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and inventors in communities with limited or no internet access who are interested in understanding the patent application process.

The event provides a scaffolded approach to understanding patents and intellectual property (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
  • How to use Patent Center to file electronically

There will be plenty of question-and-answer sessions throughout the day, plus a discussion about free resources available through the USPTO. 

This event is free, but registration is required. To register or for information about the one-day event and the One-day patent and trademark boot camp series, please contact

Accessibility accommodation


If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request to the contact information listed above.

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