Pro Se Assistance Center

The Pro Se Assistance Center provides outreach and education to applicants (also known as "pro se" applicants) who file patent applications without the assistance of a registered patent attorney or agent.

Through increased assistance and resources for independent inventor and small-business communities, the Pro Se Assistance Center aims to increase the quality of pro se applications and assist pro se applicants with making informed decisions regarding their patent applications. 

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) employees cannot give legal advice.

One-on-one assistance is available via video conference or telephone. Pro se personnel can meet with applicants to answer patent-related questions and assist in filing their applications. 

For more information about the Pro Se Assistance Center, visit the Filing a patent application on your own page.

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Assistance is available Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ET. You can schedule a one-on-one appointment by clicking the button below.

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