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

July 17, 2019

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive, rotating three-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and patent searching every third Wednesday of each month. Part One: Patent Process — July 17, 2019; October 16, 2019 Part Two: Types of Patent Applications and How...

August 7, 2019

Join us for an interactive Q&A session with the USPTO's Trademark Experts. This month's presentation will cover navigating the USPTO Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) and the Identification of Goods and Services Manual. Make sure to bring your questions to this video teleconference with the...

August 13, 2019

If you are looking for small business funding opportunities, don't miss this chance to learn about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which annually provide $2.5 billion in funding to small advanced technology firms to spur new...

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...

August 14, 2019

If you are looking for small business funding opportunities, don't miss this chance to learn about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which annually provide $2.5 billion in funding to small advanced technology firms to spur new...

August 21, 2019

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive, rotating three-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and patent searching every third Wednesday of each month. Part One: Patent Process — October 16, 2019 Part Two: Types of Patent Applications and How to File —...

August 21, 2019

Attend an interactive Q&A session with patent experts at the USPTO Texas Regional Office (TXRO). The TXRO will continue its 5-class curriculum on patents. Class 1 is an overview of intellectual property with a focus on patents, EFS-Web, and USPTO resources Class 2 discusses key aspects of...

August 29, 2019

Come to the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO’s booth at the Seventh Annual Michigan Inventors Expo. Join staff for an expert round table discussion, and learn about the Midwest office's monthly on-site programming and free resources for pro se applicants, independent inventors, entrepreneurs,...

September 4, 2019

Join us for an interactive Q&A session with the USPTO's Trademark Experts . This month's presentation will cover navigating the USPTO Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) and the Identification of Goods and Services Manual. Make sure to bring your questions to this video teleconference with the...

September 12, 2019

If you are considering patenting an invention, starting a business, or having an existing enterprise you want to protect and grow, you can't ignore intellectual property. Attend this day-long seminar for small business owners and independent inventors co-sponsored by the State Bar of Texas IP...

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...