February's advice article
USPTO.gov Inventor Pages to Offer New Patent Tutorials
USPTO employees are often asked by inventors or a small business owners about what they need to do to get a patent. The USPTO inventor resource pages contain so much information that is often overlooked in casual searches, including how to file a patent and the steps to take through the maze of rules and laws governing patent applications and issued patents. However, there has never been a way to get basic information in a relatively short tutorial that provides enough insight for an inventor to make a relatively informed decision on what to do with their idea or invention.
In early February, the USPTO Office of Innovation Development will launch a new training package for inventors and small businesses that is easier to understand. The inventor resource pages will feature a 30-minute video presentation that covers the major aspects of patent prosecution and information about what happens once a patent is granted.
The office will offer two tutorials--one that plays straight through and one that is broken up by modules, offers quizzes at the end of each module, and gives users a certificate of completion. Each version covers the same material, covering what should be done with an idea--from filing a provisional or non-provisional patent application to dealing with a patent examiner's rejection of an application, to filing an appeal or a request for continued application, to the issuance of a patent and what that means for the new patent holder. The version with the quizzes provides a way to make sure one completely understands the material. In taking the quizzes, viewers are required to answer all questions correctly before going on to the next module.
The Office of Innovation Development will continue to create more tutorials in the future and we ask that you assist the USPTO in making sure the content and material are useful. Please let us know of any comments, suggestions or questions about the tutorials by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.