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

August 15, 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 1 - Patent Process - J anuary 17, 2018; April 18, 2018; July 18, 2018; October 17, 2018. Part 2 - Types of...

August 15, 2018

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 covered an overview of intellectual property with a focus on patents, EFS-Web and USPTO resources. Class 2 covered provisional...

August 16, 2018

On Thursday, August 16, 2018, the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the American Small Business Chamber of Commerce / National Association of Small Business Contractors will be joining together to present The National Small Business Federal Contracting Summit – Summer 2018. This conference...

August 16, 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...

August 17, 2018

Invention-Con 2018 is a free, two-day independent inventors’ conference to inform and equip inventors and small businesses with intellectual property know-how! The Agenda for Invention-Con 2018 is full of hot topics of interest for inventors and entrepreneurs and the speakers assembled are ready to...

August 17, 2018

The presentation will focus on filing your patent application using the Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web) and managing your patent application online using Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system. The presentation will consist of an interactive tutorial, description of various...

August 17, 2018

We invite you to join us for a series of programming to understand intellectual property (IP). Part IV in the series will focus on filing your patent application using the Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web) and managing your patent application online using Patent Application Information...

August 17, 2018

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a panel discussion on how intellectual property plays a role for artists. Learn tips and tools that every artists should know about copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and trademarks. Learn more about Michigan...

August 18, 2018

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a panel discussion on how intellectual property plays a role for artists. Learn tips and tools that every artists should know about copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and trademarks. Learn more about Michigan...

August 21, 2018

Stopfakes Roadshows are one-day seminars given by IPR experts, bringing together U.S. government tools and assistance to small and medium sized businesses across America. Stopfakes.gov Roadshows deliver critically important information about intellectual property to start-ups, entrepreneurs, small...

News & Updates

August 9, 2018 USPTO Announces 2018 Patents for Humanity Winners

WASHINGTON– The 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 initiative promoting game-changing innovations to address…

July 27, 2018 USPTO Launches Anti-Counterfeiting Video Contest

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of an anti-counterfeiting video contest during the National Trademark Exposition. The “Consumers Combat Counterfeits" contest invites entrants to submit creative videos to help  raise awareness about…

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

WASHINGTON - 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 law…

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…

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

WASHINGTON - 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 under-resourced…

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

WASHINGTON - 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 July…

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.…