Intellectual Property

Intellectual PropertyWhat is intellectual property and how do you protect it?

Copyright the U.S. Copyright office provides “Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works. “

Patents get basics, application and info direct from U.S. Patent & Trademark office

Tradmarks utilize U.S. Patent & Tradmark office forms.

Regional office based in Houston:

USPTO – Texas Regional Office
207 S. Houston Street, Suite 159, Dallas, Texas 75202
Phone: (469) 295-9000

Texas Regional Office U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Key USPTO resources for inventors, startups and entrepreneurs

Basic information about patents and the patenting process

IP Awareness Assessment Tool
Patent process flow chart, includes hyperlinks to USPTO guides
Patents home page
Inventors Assistance Program resources
Inventors Assistance (Call) Center
Pro Bono Program — general description
Pro Bono Federal Circuit Bar Association National Clearing House (not a USPTO website) PTO-Pro-Bono/Overview-FAQ

Details of the patenting process

Patent Search tutorial on searching as well as access to the USPTO patents database
EFS-Web — filing patent applications via the web
Track One prioritized examination information and FAQ
American Invents Act (AIA) implementation webpage
AIA first inventor to file animated informational videos
Micro-entity status information (under the Fees FAQ)

Foreign filing resources

Patent Cooperation Treaty helpdesk cooperation-treaty-pct-helpdesk
Madrid Protocol information
IP Attaches

USPTO intellectual property initiatives (educational tools)

Demystifying the patent system demystifying-patent-system
Inventor and entrepreneur resources inventors-entrepreneurs-resources
Free legal services for inventors legal-services-inventors
Pro Se assistance program
The provisional patent application: Is it for me? provisional-patent-application-it-me

Key resources on trademarks

Trademarks home page
Trademark basics for new filers
Trademark Information Network (TMIN) videos

News, updates, and upcoming events

USPTO News/Updates subscription center
Inventors Eye e-magazine
General events calendar and archive

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