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

April 21, 2018

Please join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Regional Office as we participate in Tech Savvy 2018. This one-day conference is designed to introduce 6th through 8th grade girls to STEM studies and careers. The students will learn about famous women inventors, the...

April 21, 2018

Come Immerse Yourself in Innovation and Creativity! Calling all educators, parents, and children! Join the National Inventors Hall of Fame®(NIHF ) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day ! Discover how NIHF's Inductees have changed the...

April 23, 2018

World IP Day was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to "raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks, and designs impact on daily life" and "to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies...

April 24, 2018

The USPTO celebrates World IP Day 2018 and its theme “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity” on Tuesday, April 24, from 10-11 a.m. in the Madison Auditorium. Keynote speaker Our keynote speaker is Dr. Frances Ligler , holder of 32 U.S. patents and Lampe Distinguished Professor of...

April 24, 2018

Please join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as we participate in the program Assisting U.S. Rights Holders and Protecting their IP in China with AutoHarvest, TechTown Detroit, and Next Energy. The program will include a presentation and discussion on the...

April 24, 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...

April 25, 2018

Our Theme for 2018 is "Design at Work." Spend the day at this free seminar with USPTO Design Examiners, Managers, Design Patent Practitioners and Industrial Designers from across the country. Join us to hear lively and thought-provoking discussions about various aspects of design patents, from...

April 25, 2018

Please join members of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as they participate in the FIRST Innovation Faire at the FIRST Championship in Detroit, Michigan, April 25th through April 27th. Join us as we have hands-on activities for entrepreneurs of all ages as well...

April 25, 2018

Spend the day at this free seminar with USPTO Design Examiners, Managers, Design Patent Practitioners and Industrial Designers from across the country. Join us to hear lively and thought-provoking discussions about various aspects of design patents, from conception through enforcement. No CLE...

April 25, 2018

Spend the day at this free seminar with USPTO Design Examiners, Managers, Design Patent Practitioners and Industrial Designers from across the country. Join us to hear lively and thought-provoking discussions about various aspects of design patents, from conception through enforcement. Several of...

News & Updates

March 22, 2018 USPTO Announces Exhibitors for 2018 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the exhibitors chosen for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution on Friday,…

March 11, 2018 USPTO Unveils New Patent Cover Design at South by Southwest (SXSW)

Austin - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled the new design of the patent grant cover during a special ceremony at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The redesigned cover will debut on patent number 10 million which is expected to…

January 30, 2018 USPTO Announces 2018 National Trademark Exposition

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host the 2018 National Trademark Exposition at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution on Friday,…

Deposit account rules and information

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers an Unrestricted type of deposit account, which allows account holders to charge any fee or service offered by the USPTO directly to their accounts. Account holders can securely replenish their deposit accounts, change authorized users, and view the current balance and monthly statements

January 5, 2018 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 2018 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…

November 14, 2017 USPTO Finalizes Revised Patent Fee Schedule

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a final rule, “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017” to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The…

November 6, 2017 Cooperation for an Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot with the JPO and KIPO

Washington  – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Joseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, participated in the signing…

November 3, 2017 USPTO Launches Two Year Diversion Pilot Program

Washington -The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is initiating a two-year Diversion Pilot Program for patent and trademark practitioners.  Implemented by the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), the program aligns USPTO with the practices of more…

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…