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

June 23, 2018

Please join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as we participate in Maker Faire Kansas City held in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn about intellectual property as well as engage in a hands-on activity inspired by the power of the sun. Maker Faires are a gathering of...

June 24, 2018

The Intellectual Property (IP) Law Summit is a forum for bringing senior IP Counsel within the largest corporations and mid-market organizations together with service providers. The Summit offers a focused discussion of cutting-edge technology, strategy, and products driving the IP marketplace. The...

June 24, 2018

Please join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as we participate in Maker Faire Kansas City held in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn about intellectual property as well as engage in a hands-on activity inspired by the power of the sun. Maker Faires are a gathering of...

June 26, 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...

June 26, 2018

Representatives from the Texas Regional Office will be speaking to 3-5 year olds about famous inventors and the importance of creativity and innovation. Young Star's Child Development Center is located in the Federal Annex building. For inquiries about the event: please email...

June 28, 2018

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will host a 2018 PTAB Annual Judicial Conference at the main USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET in the Madison Auditorium on the USPTO campus. Directions to Madison Building . The program will be the...

July 5, 2018

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...

July 6, 2018

We invite you to join us for a series of programming on understanding intellectual property (IP). Part I in the series will focus on an introduction to the different types of IP, how to research/determine if an idea is novel, and the comparison between a provisional and non-provisional patent...

July 6, 2018

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...

July 9, 2018

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will host a 2018 PTAB Annual Judicial Conference at the Midwest Regional Office in Detroit, Michigan on Monday, July 9, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET in the FDA Training Room. The program will be the same at all locations and is intended to educate the public...

News & Updates

June 20, 2018 USPTO Adds Additional Schools to Law School Clinic Certification Program

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that 20 new law schools have joined the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Program, and five currently participating law schools have added a second clinic program, during the 2016-2018 expansion. Eight…

June 19, 2018 United States Issues Patent Number 10,000,000

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued U.S. patent number 10 million. More than just a number, patent 10 million celebrates the rich history and strength of the American intellectual property system dating back to the first U.S. patent, signed 228 years ago…

May 15, 2018 USPTO Announces Recipients of 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

Alexandria, VA– The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate in recognition of individuals who help make the Patent Pro Bono Program available to financially…

May 15, 2018 USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

Alexandria, VA– The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before…

May 9, 2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Keynote 2018 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. on…

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…