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Image File Wrappers, business methods, inventor resources, non-USPTO links, software downloads


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Madrid Protocol
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Laws and Regulations
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search, copies, file, check progress, ownership
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FAQ, forms, international IP protection, glossary, help, news, product catalog, links, statistics, jobs

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  Public Advisory Committees

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How to ...

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 International intellectual property and Trilateral activities
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21st Century Strategic Plan
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Look up
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budget, plans, annual reports, statistics, strategic planning

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  • Manual of Patent Classification; Manual of Patent Examining Procedure;
  • Trademarks, pending and registered;
  • Trademark assignments of ownership
  • Trademark Manual of Goods & Services;Trademark Design Code Manual; Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure;
  • Decisions and proceedings of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Patent Attorneys & Agents;
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  • Catalog of Products & Services;
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  • Fees;
  • Site Index;
  • Official Gazette Notices and Federal Register Notices;
  • Comments from the Public;
  • FOIA Documents - Freedom of Information Act;
  • Job Announcements;
  • USPTO Employee Telephone Locator;
  • Business Opportunities - Procurements;

Non-USPTO Search Collections:

  • United States Code (USC) - Federal Laws;Code of Federal Regulations (CFR);
  • Court Cases;
  • First Gov search of all government sites

Patent and Trademark Search Tips and Tools

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FAQs - frequently asked questions and answers

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Glossary - a glossary of terms found on the USPTO website, hyperlinked to related definitions and supplemental materials on the website

Guides FAQs, USPTO glossary, manuals & indices to classification codes, procedural manuals, special lists and guides

How to Look up Laws and Regulations (USC or CFR)

How to Search Patents and Trademarks

Help contacting USPTO for information and assistance plus online self-help resources

Inventor Support guidance, scam prevention

Kids' Pages education and fun for all ages

News & Notices announcements, emergencies, Federal Register notices, Official Gazette notices, Office of Public Affairs, business opportunities, jobs

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