Inventor and entrepreneur resources

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Get started

Learn about types of intellectual property (IP) and how to protect your idea or product.

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Before you apply

Search existing patents and trademarks to find out if your idea is unique. If it is, create an account.

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Get help to apply

Set yourself up for success by learning via USPTO’s free resources and find expert help.

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Apply for IP rights

Submit your application for a patent or trademark. See if you qualify for reduced patent fees.

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After you apply

As your patent or trademark is examined you may need to take additional steps.

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Appeal or fix an issue

An applicant may petition a procedural rule or issue, or appeal a patent rejection or trademark refusal.

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Entrepreneur resources

Learn about small business resources at the USPTO and other federal agencies.

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Protect yourself

Don't be misled by false claims, scams, or companies offering services for unusually low prices.