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

October 21, 2019

If you are an inventor or entrepreneur, don’t pass up learning about the Patent Pro Bono program and what resources are available to you. The event is free, but space is limited. Attend in person or view online . The Van Pelt and Opie Library at Michigan Technological University is home to a USPTO...

October 21, 2019

If you are an inventor or entrepreneur, don’t miss this chance to learn about the USPTO Patent Pro Bono program. A member of the Patent Pro Bono team will discuss valuable local resources that you can use to your advantage. The event is free, but space is limited.

October 22, 2019

USPTO Senior Counsel for Enrollment and Intellectual Property Legal Services Jim Silbermann will discuss the agency’s Patent Pro Bono Program at “The Power of IP Pro Bono.” This roundtable with the non-profit Chicago-Kent Patent Hub will be hosted by the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers’...

October 23, 2019

The USPTO Midwest Regional Office, in coordination with the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will host a round table to discuss the success of the Michigan Pro Bono Program including receiving feedback to strengthen the program. Space is limited, so register early ....

November 6, 2019

Join us for an interactive Q&A session with the USPTO's Trademark Experts. This month's presentation will cover navigating the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), the Identification of Goods and Services Manual, and the maintaining of federal trademark registrations. Make sure to bring your...

November 9, 2019

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark office as we participate in STEMQuest. STEMQuest is a Boys Scouts of America Cross Roads Council family friendly event oriented toward providing exposure, activities and resources for Western Michigan families interested in science,...

November 11, 2019

The Center for American and International Law (CAIL) is a nonprofit institution dedicated to improving the quality of justice through the education of lawyers and law enforcement officials in the United States and throughout the world. CAIL will hold its 57th Annual Conference on Intellectual...

November 20, 2019

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive, rotating three-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and patent searching every third Wednesday of each month. Part One: Patent Process — October 16, 2019 Part Two: Types of Patent Applications and How to File —...

November 20, 2019

Attend an interactive Q&A session with patent experts at the USPTO's Texas Regional Office (TXRO). The TXRO will continue its five-class curriculum on patents. Class one is an overview of intellectual property with a focus on patents, EFS-Web, and USPTO resources Class two covers key aspects of...

December 4, 2019

Join us for an interactive Q&A session with the USPTO's Trademark Experts. This month's presentation will cover navigating the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), the Identification of Goods and Services Manual, and the maintaining of federal trademark registrations. Make sure to bring your...

News & Updates

Henry “Jamie” Holcombe appointed chief information officer

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Henry “Jamie” Holcombe as the agency’s Chief Information Officer. Holcombe’s first full day in his new role will be Monday, February 25, 2019. Holcombe joins the USPTO after more than 20 years of...

United States moves up in international rankings for patent protection

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) ranked the United States in second place for Patents, Related Rights, and Limitations in its 2019 International IP Index, reflecting a significant improvement in patent protection policy. In addition, this year...

U.S. ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomed the recent ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty, which allows limited copyright exceptions for the reproduction of published works in formats accessible to the blind and visually impaired. President Donald J. Trump signed...

Nominations sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2019 National Medal of Technology and Innovation . The medal is the country's highest award for technological achievement and is presented by the president of the United States. The medal is awarded to...

Thomas Krause appointed Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Solicitor

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Thomas W. Krause as the new Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor of the USPTO. Krause, who has served as the agency’s Deputy Solicitor since 2014, begins his new role...

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announces revised guidance for determining subject matter eligibility

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced revised guidance for subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The USPTO also announced guidance on the application of 35 U.S.C. § 112 to computer-implemented inventions. The documents take effect Monday,...

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan . The strategic plan sets out the USPTO’s mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and timeliness; and, to provide domestic...

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announces Laura Peter as deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced the appointment of Laura A. Peter as deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), effective November 13, 2018. Ms. Peter most recently held the...

USPTO Seeking Public Comments on Draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it is seeking comments on the draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The draft plan sets out the USPTO's mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and...

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 the...