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 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 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...

​ 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...

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...

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...

Past events

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...

Are you interested in learning about intellectual property (IP) basics? Join us for an interactive virtual session on July 8, 2021. In this module, you will receive a brief overview of the different types of IP (patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights). USPTO experts will: Review the...

Looking for more information on using the Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web)? USPTO experts will 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, an...

If you are an inventor, don't miss this session full of important tips on filing for a patent. Learn how to avoid common mistakes and gain a better understanding of post filing procedures and support. This event is free and open to the public, so register early. For more information, please email...

​ Did you know that patents offer country-by-country protection? Learn how to help protect your intellectual property in foreign jurisdictions. The USPTO's International Patent Legal Administration will host a two-hour seminar on considerations and options for filing foreign patent applications...

​If you are an inventor considering filing or currently prosecuting a patent application, don't miss 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...

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. This event is free and open to the...

Are you interested in learning more about patent searching? USPTO experts 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 early for this virtual event...

Join us on April 16 to learn from USPTO experts about the key differences between provisional and non-provisional patent applications, filing requirements and fees, the different ways available to file a provisional application, and more. Register early for this virtual event. The April 16 session...