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

April 26, 2018

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will join The Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan (GB Club), Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP), and the Global Food Law Program for the 1st Annual World IP Day Michigan: Protecting Your Brand Globally. World IP day is celebrated...

April 26, 2018

Defense Tech Expos presents: Special Invitation to the Fort Belvoir Technology Plus & Small Biz Procurement Expo on Thursday, April 26th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at the Fort Belvoir Officers' Club (open to all) with free tables for OSDBU and Small Business Program Managers...

April 26, 2018

Join us for a presentation on the basics of filing a patent application. This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who would like to learn more about filing a patent application. This session focuses on capturing your invention throughout your disclosure (e.g., specification...

April 26, 2018

The USPTO will celebrate World IP Day 2018, using this year’s theme of “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity” on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:30 PM at 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. The focus of the program will be how women come up with game-changing and life-...

April 26, 2018

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as we participate in the World IP Day celebration in Chicago on April 26th. World IP Day offers a unique opportunity to join with others around the globe to consider how intellectual property (IP) helps the global arts scene...

April 26, 2018

Formed in 1995, the Asian Pacific Interest Section (APIS) of the State Bar of Texas was created to be a state-wide umbrella organization to advocate and promote the common professional interests of lawyers of and those interested in Asian Pacific American heritage, community, and culture. The APIS...

April 26, 2018

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) IP Section welcome you to come mark World Intellectual Property Day by celebrating women creators and innovators in Colorado. Following introductory remarks from AIPLA, CBA and Rocky Mountain Regional...

April 27, 2018

We invite you to join us for a series of programming on understanding intellectual property (IP). Part I in the series will focus on an introduction to the different types of IP, how to research/determine if an idea is novel, and the comparison between a provisional and non-provisional patent...

April 30, 2018

The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) is an industry event that serves both brewpubs and packaging breweries. This annual show travels to different cities each year, and will be held in Nashville, TN in 2018. For professional brewers, CBC provides concentrated, affordable brewing education and idea...

April 30, 2018

As part of its activities in observation of World IP Day, the Nashville Bar Association hosts the USPTO’s China Intellectual Property (IP) Road Show, with the participation of the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs and the USPTO Texas Regional Office. The Road Shows bring together...

News & Updates

March 22, 2018 USPTO Announces Exhibitors for 2018 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the exhibitors chosen for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution on Friday,…

March 11, 2018 USPTO Unveils New Patent Cover Design at South by Southwest (SXSW)

Austin - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled the new design of the patent grant cover during a special ceremony at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The redesigned cover will debut on patent number 10 million which is expected to…

January 30, 2018 USPTO Announces 2018 National Trademark Exposition

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host the 2018 National Trademark Exposition at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution on Friday,…

Deposit account rules and information

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers an Unrestricted type of deposit account, which allows account holders to charge any fee or service offered by the USPTO directly to their accounts. Account holders can securely replenish their deposit accounts, change authorized users, and view the current balance and monthly statements

January 5, 2018 Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2018 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…

November 14, 2017 USPTO Finalizes Revised Patent Fee Schedule

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a final rule, “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017” to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The…

November 6, 2017 Cooperation for an Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot with the JPO and KIPO

Washington  – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Joseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, participated in the signing…

November 3, 2017 USPTO Launches Two Year Diversion Pilot Program

Washington -The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is initiating a two-year Diversion Pilot Program for patent and trademark practitioners.  Implemented by the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), the program aligns USPTO with the practices of more…

March 8, 2017 Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for…