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

January 18, 2018

State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section Pro Bono Tour--El Paso The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, in conjunction with the State Bar of Texas IP Section, will be at the Hub of Human Innovation and the Small Business Development Center Network at El Paso Community College to present an...

January 18, 2018

Join us at the Silicon Valley USPTO in San Jose to view the Inventor Info Chat series October topic: Overview of the Patent Examination Process. The series is designed to provide inventors with relevant information on topics that assist with applying for a patent. Each Inventor Info Chat webinar...

January 18, 2018

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

January 18, 2018

Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Outreach Assistant Regional Director and Regional Outreach Officer will present at the monthly meeting of the Inventors Association of Metropolitan Detroit. The presentation will include an overview of the different types of...

January 20, 2018

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office welcomes Girl Scout Brownies and members of Brooks Kushman as the Girl Scout Brownies will participate in hands-on activities to earn and receive their Intellectual Property Patch. The IP patch was developed as a joint...

January 22, 2018

Regional Director Molly Kocialski will be speaking about USPTO resources and programs for attorneys working in IP-intensive industries around the world. The presentation will take place at "International Issues in Intellectual Property: From Acquisitions to Utility," a conference hosted by the...

January 23, 2018

Molly Kocialski, Director of the USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office, will be presenting on the importance of intellectual property for every startup, small business, independent inventor and entrepreneur in the Eagles Nest meeting room of the Academic Center on the Colorado Mountain College...

January 23, 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...

January 23, 2018

IP for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Dallas County Community College District's Bill J. Priest Institute’s mission is to help small businesses grow revenue, increase jobs and contribute to the economic growth of Dallas County. Led by its Small Business Innovation Cultivator, the institute...

January 24, 2018

This program is designed for startups, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and incubators, and delivers valuable information about federal resources available to help you from falling prey to predatory practices and fraud. Engage with a panel of experts from across the federal government focused on...

News & Updates

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…

January 9, 2017 USPTO Announces New Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The Public Advisory…

December 12, 2016 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced Today, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which offers a blueprint for coordinating resources and…

Patent Quality Conference

Advancing Patent Quality Across the IP Community Keynote Speaker: Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

October 14, 2016 USPTO Seeks Further Public Input on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that as part of its effort to solicit input from the public regarding the legal contours of patent subject matter eligibility, it will be holding two roundtables, one in November and…