Learn about types of intellectual property (IP) and how to protect your idea or product.
TitleBefore you apply
Search existing patents and trademarks to find out if your idea is unique. If it is, create an account.
TitleGet help to apply
Set yourself up for success by learning via USPTO’s free resources and find expert help.
TitleApply for IP rights
Submit your application for a patent or trademark. See if you qualify for reduced patent fees.
TitleAfter you apply
As your patent or trademark is examined you may need to take additional steps.
TitleAppeal or fix an issue
An applicant may petition a procedural rule or issue, or appeal a patent rejection or trademark refusal.
Learn about small business resources at the USPTO and other federal agencies.
Don't be misled by false claims, scams, or companies offering services for unusually low prices.