“Introduction to Intellectual Property” series presented by USPTO

Introduction to Intellectual Property is a virtual series offered quarterly by the USPTO. It continues on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 with “Patent Basics” from 2:00 — 3:00 pm ET. The series covers helpful resources for inventors and entrepreneurs.  Tuesday’s class will cover: The process of patent prosecution The role of patent examiners at the USPTO …

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Hand of History — The Mind of the Inventor (Webinar)

So, you’re creative AND you’re a history geek? You must sign up for this USPTO webinar. The Hand of History — The Mind of the Inventor is  a month-long series presented by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Part two is on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 3 pm ET. Presented by historians, the …

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TOMORROW! Intellectual property basics and helpful resources

Thursday, May 5, 2022: Free Workshop from the USPTO Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experts about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovation as you transition from idea to product. The discussion will cover: …

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The Path to a Patent, Part I: IP basics

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The USPTO is offering a free course in intellectual property, starting with the basics, tomorrow, 1/6/22 at 2:00 pm ET (additional times below). This 1.5-hour class will cover:

  • An overview of the different types of IP (patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights)
  • The patenting process from invention, to application, to issue
  • Requirements for patentability
  • How to determine whether a provisional or nonprovisional application is right for you
  • How to weigh the costs and benefits of hiring a patent practitioner

Please register for this virtual event.

All course times:

More info at the USPTO’s (regional) event page.


Learn About Design Patents in USPTO Webinar, Tuesday 12/7/21

What is a design patent? How does it differ from a utility patent? Learn the basics of the design patent system from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Register early for this free public event. The December 7 session will be offered virtually, starting at 12 p.m. MT. (2:00 Eastern Time.) Please register by December 6. Contact …

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Run it by a patent agent.

Got an idea that you think is patentable? Interested in learning about the patenting process? Ask Scott, the Patent Agent, during his weekly virtual office hours with Venture Cafe Philadelphia. Thursdays from 3 — 4 pm ET. Register for a session through Venture Cafe Philadelphia.

Learn the basic facts about patents in this USPTO seminar.

The USPTO offers patent-basics workshops to the general public.  On Wednesday, 10/20/21, they’ll cover the various types of patents, including utility, design, and plant. This hour-long workshop will also cover the difference between provisional patent applications and non-provisional patent applications, and how to use them.  It will continue with the process of patent prosecution, the …

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Artists and creative organizations: USPTO webinar on IP enforcement 8/5/21

Artists protect against infringement of their works through copyright, design patents, trade secrets and trademarks. Copyright is a type of intellectual property that protects original works of authorship as soon as an author fixes the work in a tangible form of expression. Among the types of  works are  paintings, photographs, illustrations, musical compositions, sound recordings, …

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How Long Will It Take to Get My Patent?

Short Answer: On average, 6-24 months.  We advise planning for the longer duration, as the average pendency of a patent application is 22.8 months. “Pendency” is the average number of months from the patent application filing date to the date it is issued (or abandoned). Most patent applications undergo at least one revision to address …

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