Path to a Patent

The Path to a Patent quarterly series covers everything from intellectual property basics, to patent searching, to what you’ll need to draft and submit your patent application. The series is part of our ongoing intellectual property training for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.

Upcoming events

Understanding patent application drafting is a vital step in protecting your invention. Attend this virtual workshop and learn from United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experts about the formalities and requirements of drafting a patent application, as well as how to avoid common...

​Are you an inventor considering prosecuting a patent application? Join us for Part V of our Path to a Patent series. United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experts will discuss the parts of the claim, show examples of claim illustrations from issued U.S. patents, and help participants...

​ Did you know that patents offer territorial rights, meaning that there is no such thing as an international or global patent? Learn how to help protect your intellectual property (IP) in foreign jurisdictions. United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) International Patent Legal...

Looking for more information on using Patent Center? United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experts will teach participants how to use this tool to file and manage patent documents online. This presentation will feature filing application documents in DOCX format, including using Patent...

Are you an inventor? Join us for this session full of important tips on filing a patent application and what to do after you filed for a patent. Learn about common mistakes to avoid and gain a better understanding of post-filing procedures and support. Register now for this free virtual event...

Past events

Are you interested in learning more about patent searching? Attend this virtual session and learn from United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experts about preliminary searching, using the suggested Seven-Step Strategy, and more. Register now for this free event. Contact information for...

In this module, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experts discuss key differences between provisional and nonprovisional patent applications, filing requirements and fees, the different ways to file a provisional application, and more. Register now for this free virtual event...

Are you interested in learning about intellectual property (IP) basics? In this module, USPTO experts will: Provide a brief overview of the different types of IP (patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights) Review the patenting process from invention, to application, to issue Cover the...

Are you an inventor? Join us for this session full of important tips on filing a patent application and what to do after you filed for a patent. Learn about common mistakes to avoid and gain a better understanding of post filing procedures and support. This virtual event is free and open to the...

Looking for more information on using the Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web)? Join USPTO experts as they teach participants how to use EFS-Web and manage a patent application online using the Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR). This presentation will include an interactive tutorial...

​ Did you know that patents offer territorial rights, meaning that there is no such thing as an international or global patent? Learn how to help protect your intellectual property (IP) in foreign jurisdictions. USPTO's International Patent Legal Administration will host a two-hour seminar on...

​Are you an inventor considering prosecuting a patent application? Join us for Part V of our Path to a Patent series. USPTO experts will discuss the parts of the claim, show examples of claim illustrations from issued U.S. patents, and help participants develop a better appreciation of how a patent...

Understanding patent application drafting is a vital step in protecting your invention. Attend this virtual workshop and learn from USPTO experts about the formalities and requirements of drafting a patent application, as well as how to avoid common mistakes. Register now for this free virtual event...

Are you interested in learning more about patent searching? Join USPTO experts as they will give a presentation on important topics related to this subject, including: preliminary searching, using the suggested Seven-Step Strategy, tips and resources for searching, and more. Register for this...

Join us on July 15 to learn from USPTO experts about the key differences between provisional and nonprovisional patent applications, filing requirements and fees, the different ways to file a provisional application, and more. Register by July 14 for this virtual event. For accessibility requests...