The Office of Innovation Development (OID) fosters invention and entrepreneurship by ensuring the U.S. patent system is transparent and accessible. Helpful information and resources are available on our Innovation Development webpage. The Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development is Mindy Bickel.
OID conducts outreach to independent inventors, small business owners, and university-affiliated innovators. In addition, it oversees the Pro Se Assistance Program for applicants filing without the help of a patent attorney. OID hosts a monthly Inventor Info Chat webinar series providing information to assist in filing, understanding the patent prosecution process, and services provided for applicants.