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

Before you apply

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

Get help to apply

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

Apply for IP rights

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

After you apply

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

Appeal or fix an issue

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

Entrepreneur resources

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

Protect yourself

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


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