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 24, 2017

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U. S. Patent and Trademark Office as we participate in the Eastern Michigan University Michigan Drone Conference on October 24, 2017. Information about patents, trademarks, copyrights, and resources for small businesses will be available at our resource...

October 24, 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...

October 24, 2017

Date Tuesday, October 24, 2017 5 - 6 p.m. Location Georgia Tech Library Wilby Room Ground Floor 266 4th St. NW Atlanta GA 30332 Event Details Talk on how to obtain free legal assistance through a special program designed to help under-resourced inventors and small businesses, and how to prepare for...

October 25, 2017

Do you have questions about patents, trademarks, and other ways to protect your startup’s intellectual property? Founding Floor, a co-working accelerator for tech startups in San Jose, is hosting a workshop on intellectual property by Silicon Valley USPTO Director John Cabeca. In this workshop...

October 26, 2017

Join us for a presentation on the basics of filing a patent application. This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who would like to learn more about filing a patent application. This session focuses on capturing your invention throughout your disclosure (e.g., specification...

November 2, 2017

Join the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan as we discuss intellectual property basics and learn about potential ways to protect your invention as you transition from idea to product. This session is for aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, and students every first Thursday of each month...

November 3, 2017

The Collegiate Inventors Competition , a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the USPTO, is an annual competition that rewards innovations, discoveries, and research by college and university students and their faculty advisors. The 2017 finalists and their inventions...

November 3, 2017

The Silicon Valley USPTO will host an informational public tour of its office located in the 3-story Wing building of the San Jose City Hall Complex. Participants will tour the office and learn about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from USPTO representatives. The event is free and open to the...

November 8, 2017

Want to leverage your intellectual property (IP) for fundraising and exit? Wondering if you have the right IP protection for your startup? Want to become a unicorn but not sure how your IP portfolio can support your valuation and growth? Intellectual property assets are frequently the most valuable...

November 13, 2017

Strategies for IP Protection in China: What Oregon Companies Need to Know The USPTO’s China Intellectual Property (IP) Road Show comes to Portland, Oregon, bringing together policy makers and thought leaders on China IP issues from the U.S. government, academia, and practitioners—including local...

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…