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 22, 2017

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...

August 22, 2017

Rocky Mountain Regional Office Director, Molly Kocialski, will be presenting on U.S. Patent and Trademark resources in collaboration with representatives from the U.S. Geological Survey who will speak about resources the Geological Survey offers.

August 24, 2017

Regional Director Molly Kocialski will deliver remarks on how startups and businesses can collaborate with the USPTO and other federal government agencies to help support business success. Established by Senator Mike Lee in 2014, the Solutions Summit brings together Utah's business and community...

August 24, 2017

Join us for a workshop on the basics of filing a patent application using EFS-Web in the San Jose office. This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who would like to learn more about filing a non-provisional patent application and using the Electronic Filing System (EFS-Web...

August 28, 2017

Molly Kocialski, Director of the USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office, will be presenting on the importance of intellectual property for every startup, small business, independent inventor and entrepreneur. Time will be available after the presentation for individual questions and one-on-one...

August 29, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM CT The Belo Mansion, Dallas, TX The USPTO Texas Regional Office in collaboration with the U.S. Commercial Service and the Dallas Bar Association is presenting a full-day seminar on best practices for implementing an anti-counterfeiting program and working...

August 29, 2017

Molly Kocialski, Director of the USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office, will be presenting on the importance of intellectual property for every startup, small business, independent inventor and entrepreneur from 1-3 p.m. Immediately after the presentation are openings for individual meetings from 3:...

August 30, 2017

Researching Patent and Trademark Information Essential Information You Need to Protect Your Intellectual Property A Free Seminar for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Educators and Legal Professionals Clemson University Madren Conference Center - Auditorium 230 Madren Center Drive Clemson, SC 29634...

August 30, 2017

Molly Kocialski, Director of the USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office, will be presenting on the importance of intellectual property for every startup, small business, independent inventor and entrepreneur from 9-11 a.m. and a workshop on the patent application process from 11-12 p.m. Following the...

August 31, 2017

Molly Kocialski, Director of the USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office, will be presenting on the importance of intellectual property for every startup, small business, independent inventor and entrepreneur. Register for Presentation: HERE

News & Updates

March 8, 2017 Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for…

January 9, 2017 USPTO Announces New Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The Public Advisory…

December 12, 2016 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced Today, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which offers a blueprint for coordinating resources and…

Patent Quality Conference

Advancing Patent Quality Across the IP Community Keynote Speaker: Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

October 14, 2016 USPTO Seeks Further Public Input on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that as part of its effort to solicit input from the public regarding the legal contours of patent subject matter eligibility, it will be holding two roundtables, one in November and…

September 30, 2016 USPTO Seeking Comments on Proposed Patent Fee Adjustments

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking(link is external) (NPRM) proposing to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The proposed fees…

September 29, 2016 USPTO Announces Patents for Humanity Winners

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s 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 Obama administration initiative…

September 27, 2016 USPTO Announces Cancer Moonshot Challenge Winners

Washington— The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the winners of the USPTO Cancer Moonshot Challenge. The challenge was launched by the USPTO in August as part of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, which aims to speed up…