Hands-on Patent Search Workshop

As part of its Patents Education Curriculum, the Silicon Valley USPTO will host a two-hour workshop on patent searching. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners on the USPTO Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) which are publicly available at the regional office.  A supervisory patent examiner will instruct the attendees on the following:

  • What are the benefits of searching?
  • Where can you search?
  • When should you search?
  • How do you search using USPTO search tools?

This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of patents and would like to learn more about patent searching.

If you do not already have a UPWS login account which are valid for one year, please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the workshop to register for one.  Most of the class will be lecture; however, you will have the opportunity to practice on our Universal Public Workstations during the last 30-45 minutes.  We have limited availability for the workstations so you may want to allow extra time after class to use a workstation. 

This event and UPWS accounts are free and open to the public.  Space is limited. Please register here by January 22, 2018.

Please note that the Silicon Valley USPTO is a federal facility.  Attendees are required to present a valid form of government-issued identification (driver license or passport) and may be subject to screening to gain access.

For accessibility requests, please email siliconvalley@uspto.gov or call (408) 918-9900.