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

​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...

​ 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...

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...

Past events

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...

Are you interested in learning about intellectual property basics? Join us for an interactive virtual session on Friday, April 2, 2021. In this module, you will be provided a brief overview of the different types of IP (patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights). USPTO experts will: Review...

If you are an inventor, don't miss this session full of important tips on filing for a patent. Learn about common mistakes to avoid and gain a better understanding of post filing procedures and support. Slots are limited, so register early. For more information, please email siliconvalley@uspto.gov...

Now that you have finished your patent application, the last step is filing with the USPTO. Learn how to use the Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web) and manage your patent application online using the Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system. This event is free and open to the...

​ 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...

​Claim drafting may be the most important part of protecting your invention. Learn the basics of claim drafting from USPTO experts in this interactive workshop. You will develop a better appreciation of how a patent examiner views a claim during the course of examination. This event is free and open...

You need to understand patent application drafting to protect your invention. Attend this virtual workshop and learn from USPTO experts about the formalities and requirements of drafting a patent application, as well as common pitfalls to avoid. This event is free and open to the public, so register...

Before you file your patent application, you need to conduct a prior art search. Learn about the benefits of searching, how to perform a prior art search using keywords and the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, and how to build a search strategy using the suggested Seven Step Strategy...

Learn from USPTO experts 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 January 21 session will be offered virtually...