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 23, 2019

If you're an entrepreneur, you can't afford to turn down expert advice. Get need-to-know information in a fast and helpful format from Silicon Valley leaders in business, intellectual property, and law at "Speed Dating for Startups." Register early for this free public event. In-person registration...

January 24, 2019

Pre-Registration Required. Please register by calling (305) 375-2665.

January 25, 2019

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts an Introduction to Design Patents session in its San Jose office. A supervisory patent examiner will give an overview of the design patent system and answer general design patent questions. This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who would...

January 26, 2019

Please join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as we join the Boy Scouts of America at the University of Scouting at Lamphere High School in Madison Heights, Michigan. The USPTO will be on hand to provide informational materials about intellectual property, K-12...

January 31, 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to produce a new wave of innovation and creativity. At the same time, it poses novel challenges and opportunities for intellectual property (IP) policy, such as: How is AI being used to enforce IP rights, protect inventions, and create new business models?...

February 1, 2019

The USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office invites you to join us for Part II of its series The Path to a Patent. In this module, we will discuss the benefits of searching, how to perform a prior art search using keywords and the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, and how to build a...

February 1, 2019

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts an informational public tour of its office located in the 3-story Wing building of the San Jose City Hall Complex. Participants tour the office and learn about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from USPTO representatives. The event is free and open to the public...

February 5, 2019

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) . During this virtual meeting with TAC, participants will learn about the trademark registration process and be able to ask questions of experts through our video teleconferencing...

February 5, 2019

The Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with other partners located across the region (see available locations below), will host an interactive session with experts from the USPTO's Trademark Assistance Center (TAC), which is based at USPTO...

February 6, 2019

Join us for an interactive Q&A session with the Trademark Experts at the USPTO. This month's presentation will cover navigating the USPTO Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) and the Identification of Goods and Services Manual. During this virtual meeting with the Trademark Assistance...

News & Updates

January 16, 2019 Nominations sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2019 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 States.

November 29, 2018 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The strategic plan sets out the USPTO’s mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and timeliness; and, to provide…

August 22, 2018 USPTO Seeking Public Comments on Draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it is seeking comments on the draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The draft plan sets out the USPTO's mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and…

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…