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

February 20, 2019

If you work in a creative field, you can't afford to ignore copyrights. Learn how copyrights play a role in your life, how to protect your original works of authorship, and understand current trends in copyright law. Gain an understanding of how copyrights can add value to your small business or...

February 20, 2019

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U. S. Patent and Trademark Office hosts an interactive rotating 3-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and patent searching every 3rd Wednesday of each month. Part 1 - Patent Process - April 17, 2019; July 17, 2019; October 16, 2019. Part 2 -...

February 20, 2019

Attend an interactive Q&A session with patent experts at the USPTO Texas Regional Office (TXRO). The TXRO will continue its 4-class curriculum on patents. Class 1 is an overview of intellectual property with a focus on patents, EFS-Web, and USPTO resources. Class 2 discusses key aspects of...

February 20, 2019

Authors, scribes, and wordsmiths: you can't afford to ignore copyrights. Learn to protect your original works of authorship and understand current trends in copyright law. Get insights on how to avoid costly mistakes and add value to your work. Space is limited so register soon . Regional Director...

February 21, 2019

If you are a small business owner, learn how to work with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) at the Federal Small Business Procurement and Technology Plus Expo. The USPTO’s small business specialist and industry liaison will conduct business matchmaking and provide insights into small...

February 21, 2019

Songwriters and composers: you can't afford to ignore copyrights. Learn to protect your original work and understand current trends in copyright law. Get insights on how to avoid costly mistakes, add value to your music, and establish your rights. Space is limited so register soon . Following a...

February 21, 2019

Attend the Copyright Legal Forum to learn about the current state of the U.S. Copyright Office and hot topics in copyright law. RSVP early with the password "copyright" . Tickets are complimentary, with a requested $10 donation at the door. Cancelations will be accepted up to three days prior to...

February 22, 2019

A Supervisory Patent Examiner will lead a workshop explaining the various parts of a patent application. Attendees will learn about the formalities and requirements of drafting a patent application as well as common pitfalls. Attendees should have an intermediate knowledge of the intellectual...

February 22, 2019

Regional Director, Molly Kocialski, will give a keynote covering topics such as the recent changes to the rules for practice before the PTAB and subject-matter eligibility. The IP Summit is a full-day CLE conference where participants may attend seminars and presentations on the topics facing...

February 23, 2019

The International Intellectual Property Law Clinic of Detroit Mercy Law and Windsor Law will be holding their 4th Annual International Patent Drafting Competition at the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on February 23, 2019. The hypothetical problem will be released...

News & Updates

February 13, 2019 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…

February 7, 2019 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…

January 30, 2019 U.S. ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty

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.

January 16, 2019 Nominations sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

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.

November 29, 2018 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…

August 22, 2018 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…