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

May 31, 2019

Claim drafting is perhaps the most important part of protecting your invention. Learn from the experts at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as they teach the basics of claim drafting through an interactive workshop. Attendees will learn about the importance of drafting claims to the...

June 4, 2019

Before filing your patent application, conducting a prior art search is the first step. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners on the USPTO Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) which are publicly available at the regional office. Space is limited, so register early . This event and UPWS...

June 7, 2019

Did you know that patents offer country-by-country protection? Learn how to help your clients protect their intellectual property in foreign jurisdictions. Michael Neas, Deputy Director of International Patent Legal Administration, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a two-hour...

June 7, 2019

Learn about intellectual property programming and resources available at the Silicon Valley USPTO. The office is 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...

June 11, 2019

If you are an entrepreneur, an independent creator, or an inventor, you can't afford to miss this informative intellectual property (IP) event. Learn how multiple government agencies can help protect your hard work, and take advantage of one-on-one meetings with experts. Speakers will cover a wide...

June 11, 2019

Do you know how to protect your patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property (IP)? Join West Coast Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director John Cabeca for a discussion about IP strategies and why startups should consider them. Space is limited and register for free early ....

June 13, 2019

If you are an entrepreneur, an independent creator, or an inventor, you can't afford to miss this informative intellectual property (IP) event. Learn how multiple government agencies can help protect your hard work, and take advantage of one-on-one meetings with experts. Speakers will cover a wide...

June 18, 2019

Agents and attorneys: Learn to think like an examiner If you are a patent attorney or agent, it helps to think like an examiner. Get a better understanding of how examiners makes decisions at the Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) agent attorney three day course. The...

June 21, 2019

Now that you've finished your patent application, the last step is filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Learn how to use the Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web) and manage your patent application online using Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system....

August 13, 2019

Attend Trademark Tuesday for an introduction to trademark basics and the trademark application process. Join an interactive session with experts from the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC), which is based at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, VA. The Rocky...

News & Updates

Henry “Jamie” Holcombe appointed chief information officer

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Henry “Jamie” Holcombe as the agency’s Chief Information Officer. Holcombe’s first full day in his new role will be Monday, February 25, 2019. Holcombe joins the USPTO after more than 20 years of...

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases new report on trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released “ Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on U.S. patents ,” a report on the trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors named on U.S. patents granted from 1976 through 2016. The report issued by...

United States moves up in international rankings for patent protection

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) ranked the United States in second place for Patents, Related Rights, and Limitations in its 2019 International IP Index, reflecting a significant improvement in patent protection policy. In addition, this year...

U.S. ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomed the recent ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty, which allows limited copyright exceptions for the reproduction of published works in formats accessible to the blind and visually impaired. President Donald J. Trump signed...

Nominations sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON - 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. The medal is awarded to...

Thomas Krause appointed Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Solicitor

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Thomas W. Krause as the new Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor of the USPTO. Krause, who has served as the agency’s Deputy Solicitor since 2014, begins his new role...

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announces revised guidance for determining subject matter eligibility

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced revised guidance for subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The USPTO also announced guidance on the application of 35 U.S.C. § 112 to computer-implemented inventions. The documents take effect Monday,...

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 domestic...

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announces Laura Peter as deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced the appointment of Laura A. Peter as deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), effective November 13, 2018. Ms. Peter most recently held the...

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...