Legal assistance and resources

Find resources and programs for inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses seeking assistance with legal matters, including application filing, locating a registered patent or trademark practitioner, and avoiding scams.

 

Upcoming Events

August 18, 2018

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a panel discussion on how intellectual property plays a role for artists. Learn tips and tools that every artists should know about copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and trademarks. Learn more about Michigan...

August 21, 2018

Stopfakes Roadshows are one-day seminars given by IPR experts, bringing together U.S. government tools and assistance to small and medium sized businesses across America. Stopfakes.gov Roadshows deliver critically important information about intellectual property to start-ups, entrepreneurs, small...

August 21, 2018

Please join the USPTO's webinar to provide an introduction to the Law School Clinic Certification Program for law schools interested in the program. The webinar will provide basic information regarding applying for and participating in the Program. Event Agenda Topic Opening Remarks - OED Director...

August 22, 2018

The Minneapolis Central Patent and Trademark Resource Center welcomes independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses for a program on intellectual property with the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Learn basic information about...

August 22, 2018

The University of Wisconsin - River Falls welcomes independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses for a program on intellectual property with the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Learn basic information about intellectual property and...

August 23, 2018

Stopfakes Roadshows are one-day seminars given by IPR experts, bringing together U.S. government tools and assistance to small and medium-sized businesses across America. Stopfakes.gov Roadshows deliver critically important information about intellectual property to start-ups, entrepreneurs, small...

August 23, 2018

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will participate in STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair. Learn about intellectual property as well as engage in a take-home hands-on activity inspired by the power of the sun. For information on attending, visit the Minnesota...

August 28, 2018

Strategies for IP protection in China The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s China Intellectual Property (IP) Road Show comes to Iowa City, Iowa, with a one-day program bringing together experts from the U.S. government, IP attorneys, and local business people to share insights on China and IP...

August 28, 2018

The Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with other partners located across the region (see available locations below), will host an interactive session with experts from the USPTO's Trademark Assistance Center (TAC), which is based at USPTO...

August 28, 2018

As part of its Patents Education Curriculum, the Silicon Valley USPTO will host a two-hour workshop on patent searching. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners on the USPTO Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) which are publicly available at the regional office. A supervisory patent...

News & Updates

August 9, 2018 USPTO Announces 2018 Patents for Humanity Winners

WASHINGTON– The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an initiative promoting game-changing innovations to address…

July 27, 2018 USPTO Launches Anti-Counterfeiting Video Contest

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of an anti-counterfeiting video contest during the National Trademark Exposition. The “Consumers Combat Counterfeits" contest invites entrants to submit creative videos to help  raise awareness about…

June 20, 2018 USPTO Adds Additional Schools to Law School Clinic Certification Program

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that 20 new law schools have joined the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Program, and five currently participating law schools have added a second clinic program, during the 2016-2018 expansion. Eight law…

June 19, 2018 United States Issues Patent Number 10,000,000

WASHINGTON -  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued U.S. patent number 10 million. More than just a number, patent 10 million celebrates the rich history and strength of the American intellectual property system dating back to the first U.S. patent, signed 228 years…

May 15, 2018 USPTO Announces Recipients of 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate in recognition of individuals who help make the Patent Pro Bono Program available to financially under-resourced…

May 15, 2018 USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July…

May 9, 2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Keynote 2018 National Trademark Expo

WASHINGTON -  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.…