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.

 

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