Many startup businesses face unique IP-related challenges, such as IP portfolio prerequisites to secure funding, and the possibility of costly patent infringement demand letters and lawsuits. We have tailored this area of our website to suit the specific needs of startup businesses, a segment of our stakeholders that continues to be recognized as an outsized engine of job creation, economic growth, and unparalleled innovation in the United States.
Patents for startups
The patent process can be challenging if you are not familiar with it. Here is basic information on the patent process.
Trademarks for startups
The trademark process can be confusing for a beginner, so here is basic information on registering a trademark.
The Inventors Assistance Center and Trademark Assistance Center provide information and services to the public. Center staff can answer questions on patent and trademark processes, but cannot provide specific legal advice.
Information about conferences, conventions and other opportunities to engage.
We provide a public forum for the publication of complaints concerning invention promoters and promotion firms. We do not investigate complaints or participate in legal proceedings related to invention promoters.
Legal assistance and resources
Are you a startup with limited resources and need help applying for a patent on an invention? Are you planning to file without the help of an attorney (pro se)? You may be eligible for assistance, including pro bono (for free) attorney representation through the nationwide Pro Bono Program, participation in a law school clinical program, or the Pro Se Assistance Program.
Education and information
Guides and additional resources and information for startups.