Welcome to the USPTO’s hub for resources and information for inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. This page provides you centralized access to a variety of products and services available from the USPTO and encourages active participation in the innovation ecosystem.
Are you an inventor? Learn how to apply for a patent, how your application will be examined, and more.
Do you have a creative name or logo to set your product, service, or business apart?
Assess your IP
Learn to guard your work
If you have an idea or business, you will want to know about what intellectual property (IP) protections you need before it’s too late.
Don't be mislead and pay thousands of dollars to unscrupulous private companies that have made false claims or fraudulent solicitations. The following resources can help you avoid being fooled.
Get free assistance
Filing support and legal help
Learn about free services that will help you when filing your patent or trademark application.
In your area
Find resources nationwide
The USPTO provides resources and assistance at locations throughout the United States to make filing for a patent or registering a trademark easier and more affordable.
Are you ready to start?
Use the USPTO's online resources to file your applications.