The USPTO’s hub for startup resources provides links you can use to find help as you address the intellectual property (IP) challenges specific to startups, including assessing your IP portfolio, securing funding, and guarding against costly infringement litigation.
You will find practical information and useful tools, available from a wide variety of government agencies, which can assist you at every stage of growing your business, from your initial idea to entering the global marketplace.
Assess and protect your IP
Guard your valuable work
You need to know the value of your IP, and how to protect it, if you want to succeed and attract investors. You may even have IP assets you haven't considered.
Develop your business plan
Do your homework
As the saying goes, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." Make sure to explore the wide variety of resources that can help you do your research and set your goals. The Small Business Administration (SBA), the Minority Business Development Administration (MBDA), and Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are there to help you.
Secure the investment
There are many sources of startup funding, including grants, loans, and different kinds of investors. Read the Small Business Administration (SBA) introduction to types of funding, then follow the links below for more details.
Get advice and assistance
Find mentors, partnerships, and technological assistance in your industry. Learn to navigate the domestic and international IP markets.