Three-day patent application workshop by the USPTO

Are you a first-time patent application filer and unsure where to start in the patent-filing process? The USPTO is offering a three-day workshop on the fundamentals of the patent application process, starting today, through 1/25, 9 am — 4pm.  The Stakeholder Application Readiness Training (StART), for independent inventors and entrepreneurs, will teach how to: Safeguard …

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Ssshhhh: You don’t need an attorney to file a patent application.

USPTO teaches three-step approach to filing a patent without an attorney Interested in filing a patent application without assistance from a registered patent attorney or patent agent? The USPTO will host a free webinar on Wednesday, December 13, from 1-3 p.m. ET . Hosted by the Midwest Regional Office, the program is open to all. …

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Why Do a Prior-Art Search?

To find out whether our invention is novel, or not already invented, we do what’s called a prior-art search. “Prior art” is any previous public disclosure of an invention just like yours. This includes anything published or disclosed anywhere in the world. Prior art is any evidence that your invention is already known. The USPTO …

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USPTO’s Patent Pro-Bono Program Wants Your Input

Did you know that many inventors can get free help with their patent applications? The USPTO’s  Patent Pro Bono Program helps underserved populations with free legal services. Since 2015, the Patent Pro Bono Program has provided about 95,000 hours of free legal services to independent inventors and small businesses. This has led to about 2,000 …

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Workshop: Common mistakes and post-filing support

The USPTO’s “Path to a Patent” series continues tomorrow with a workshop about common mistakes in patent-filing. Learn about filing a patent application, what to do after you’ve filed, and common mistakes inventors make during the process.  Common mistakes we see include: failing to list all inventors; filling out the forms incorrectly; not reading the …

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Patent-Searching with the USPTO’s New Tool: December 9, 2022

Inventors know that a patent search is a big part of research and development. Chief among the free tools researchers use are Google Patents, Espacenet, and the USPTO.  Google Patents adds little features all the time, but the USPTO’s search tool has recently undergone a giant overhaul with a completely new search tool. The new …

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“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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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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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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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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