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

November 21, 2018

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hosts an interactive rotating 3-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and patent searching every 3rd Wednesday of each month. Part 1 - Patent Process - October 17, 2018 Part 2 - Types of Patent Applications and...

November 27, 2018

Patents for Humanity is the USPTO’s awards competition recognizing innovators who use game-changing technology to meet global humanitarian challenges. Awards are given in five categories: Medicine, Sanitation, Nutrition, Energy, and Living Standards. View this year's award winners here. The program...

November 30, 2018

Part IV of the Intellectual Property Basics series will focus on filing your patent application using the EFS-Web and managing your patent application using Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system. The presentation will consist of an interactive tutorial, description of various...

November 30, 2018

Learn about the patent claim drafting process through an interactive workshop led by a Supervisory Patent Examiner. Attendees will learn about the importance of drafting claims to the success of a patent application, and attendees will develop a better appreciation of how a patent examiner views a...

December 3, 2018

Dr. Temple Grandin is an inventor and pioneer in improving the welfare of livestock. Her work on animal handling methods and facilities design has fundamentally changed the industry around the world. A best-selling author and popular TED Talk speaker, Grandin is also one of the most well-known...

December 3, 2018

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Regional Director will join several IP Attachés for a program hosted by the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago and American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section . Learn about the resources and services...

December 4, 2018

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Regional Director and IP Attachés to learn about protecting and enforcing one's intellectual property abroad. Learn how to navigate intellectual property laws and regulations, working with foreign courts, and how to protect...

December 4, 2018

Join us on the first Tuesday of every month to get your questions on intellectual property i ncluding patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets answered. The sessions take place on 2nd floor in the OED Office, and occasionally on the first floor in the QF Innovation Lounge. Walk ins are...

December 4, 2018

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Regional Director and IP Attachés along with the Chicago-Kent College of Law for a program discussing the IP Attaché program. The discussion will focus on the role IP Attachés play, what they do, their background, and the...

December 5, 2018

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 do we ensure transparency and guard against bias without sacrificing the competitive edge...

News & Updates

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…

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…