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 1, 2020

Join USPTO Midwest Assistant Regional Director James O. Wilson online at the Career Mingle Virtual Conference and Job Fair . Space is limited, so register early . Wilson will give a keynote presentation on the importance of innovation and the patent process, and he will be one of several speakers...

October 21, 2020

If you are an innovator, you need to understand the patent process; don’t miss this chance to learn from USPTO experts. The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO offers an interactive, rotating three-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and patent searching every third Wednesday...

October 21, 2020

Attend an interactive Q&A session with patent experts from the USPTO's Texas Regional Office (TXRO). The TXRO will continue its five-class curriculum on patents. Space is limited, so register early . Class one is an overview of intellectual property with a focus on patents, EFS-Web, and USPTO...

October 22, 2020

If you are an innovator, entrepreneur, or small business owner, don’t miss this chance to learn about protecting your intellectual property on a reduced budget. Slots are limited, so register early . Tom Cowan, co-chair of Licensing Executive Society (LES) – San Diego Chapter and partner at...

November 10, 2020

Don't miss this live walk-through of the trademark application process with Attorney Advisor for Trademark Educational Outreach at the USPTO, Jason Lott. The presentation will cover how to use the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) and explanations of the various sections of each form....

November 18, 2020

If you are an innovator, you need to understand the patent process; don’t miss this chance to learn from USPTO experts. The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO offers an interactive, rotating three-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and patent searching every third Wednesday...

November 18, 2020

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. Space is limited, so register early . Class one is an overview of intellectual property with a focus on patents, EFS-Web, and USPTO...

December 16, 2020

If you are an innovator, you need to understand the patent process; don’t miss this chance to learn from USPTO experts. The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO offers an interactive, rotating three-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and patent searching every third Wednesday...

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...