Startup resources

The USPTO’s hub for startup resources can help you address the intellectual property (IP) challenges specific to startups, including securing funding and guarding against costly infringement litigation. For information on IP fundamentals, such as filing a patent or registering a trademark, check out these resources for inventor and entrepreneurs.

Here you will find practical information and useful tools, available from a wide variety of government agencies, including the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Minority Business Development Administration (MBDA), and Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). These agencies can assist you at every stage of growing your business, from your initial idea to entering the global marketplace.

Plan for success

Do your homework

Explore free government resources that can help you create a foundation for business success.

Find funding

Access capital

There are many sources of startup funding, including grants, loans, and different kinds of investors.

Engage experts

Get advice and assistance

Find mentors, partnerships, and technological assistance in your industry. Learn to navigate the domestic and international IP markets.