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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a report in 2022 that found intellectual property (IP)-intensive industries account for 41% of U.S. gross domestic product. Many of the businesses operating in those industries are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). To support SMEs and other innovators, the USPTO created this page to share resources from federal agencies and international organizations for growing a business and for protecting intangible business assets like IP.

For information on IP fundamentals, such as filing a patent or registering a trademark, visit the USPTO’s inventor and entrepreneur resources page, and to find out about some of the ways the USPTO can assist you, browse our free services

IP valuation and business development

Find out how to evaluate your IP assets and develop your business.

Protection for IP abroad

Learn about domestic IP policy initiatives, international IP treaties, and practical tools to protect your IP internationally.

International trade and exporting

Access resources for growing and protecting your business through international cooperation.