The Office of Innovation Development (OID) fosters invention and entrepreneurship by providing full access to the U.S. intellectual property system. Helpful information and resources are available on our Innovation Development webpage. 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. The Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development is Mindy Bickel.
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