Learn about Intellectual Property Basics and SBA Resources

Learn intellectual property basics and potential ways to protect your innovations as you transition from idea to product. The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosts this free session for aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, and students on the first Thursday of each month. Space is limited, so register early.

The discussion will include:

  • An overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
  • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP
  • Resources and assistance available through the USPTO

Following the overview of intellectual property, learn from the Small Business Administration about counseling, capital, and contracting resources for small businesses.

Coming to the Midwest Regional Office for an event?  Free parking is available in the parking garage at 600 River Place, adjacent to our building; view parking information. Guests must state they are visiting the USPTO. 

The USPTO is a federal facility; visitors are required to show a valid form of government issued ID (driver's license or passport) and may be subject to security screening.

Stop in and search for Free. Reserve a workstation today.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request via phone 313-446-4800 or email MidwestRegion@uspto.gov.

Register for the event