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 20, 2018

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be participating in the Techstars Startup Week Detroit 2018. Join us to learn about intellectual property basics, how intellectual property can add value to your company, and the steps you need to take to protect...

June 20, 2018

The Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive rotating 3-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and interactive patent searching every 3rd Wednesday of each month. Part 3 - Register Now Part 1 - Patent Process - J anuary 17, 2018; April 18, 2018; July 18, 2018; or October 17,...

June 20, 2018

This quarterly meeting is for members of the public to learn about changes and information related to the Public Search Facility and Public Records Division. Topics to be discussed at this meeting: Opening and Announcements Public Search Facility Status Public Records Division Status For additional...

June 20, 2018

On June 19, the USPTO will issue U.S. patent no. 10,000,000. These 10 million utility patents represent two centuries of breakthroughs that transformed the United States into the world’s innovation leader even as inventors from around the world have sought U.S. patent protection. Please join us for...

June 20, 2018

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be participating in the Techstars Startup Week Detroit 2018. Join us for an update on the status of the USPTO including issuance of the 10 Millionth Patent. The program is designed to listen to the startup community...

June 21, 2018

The State Bar of Texas is the fifth largest organization of lawyers in the United States and is the second largest state bar association (with regard to active attorney members) in the United States. All attorneys licensed to practice law in Texas must become members of the State Bar. The State Bar...

June 21, 2018

*** The scheduled topic has changed. Our office will NOT host a viewing for this session. You may view the session online . Strategies for Filing Internationally: Including the PCT and the Hague System for Industrial Designs has been rescheduled for July. Please visit the event page for more...

June 21, 2018

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts a monthly Introduction to Design Patents lunch and learn session in its San Jose office from noon to 1:00 p.m. PT. A supervisory patent examiner will give an overview of the design patent system and answer general design patent questions during a live information...

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...

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…