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Educating yourself regarding intellectual property is critical in deciding what you want to claim as property. Intellectual property terminology is shrouded in legalese, highly technical language, and sometimes utter nonsensical phrases (Floppy filaments to promote sure capture=Koosh® Ball). Educating yourself in the terminology and the differences between intellectual property options will greatly assist you in making the right decisions. Before your visit to the PTRC, it is recommended that you visit these informational web pages and tutorials. These sites will assist you in asking the right questions in regards to protecting your intellectual property.
Whether you’re a small business entrepreneur, a nonprofit fundraiser, or an individual considering career or college options, LAUNCH Point is your destination for expertise, services and tools for success. Free workshops and programs provide important networking opportunities and useful information for businesses, job seekers and nonprofit organizations. Visit LAUNCH Point on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library.
Starting in 2014, the USPTO issued subject matter eligibility guidance on 35 U.S.C. 101. This guidance was in response to decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court on claims reciting judicial exceptions including abstract ideas, laws of nature, and natural phenomena, as well as feedback received from the public.
The IP Awareness Assessment, developed under the joint efforts of United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology/Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP), allows you to assess your intellectual property awareness.
The USPTO assists independent inventors, small business concerns and university affiliated inventors through its Office of Innovation Development. The office also works closely with other officials and agencies throughout the government in support of the administration’s efforts to promote small business, entrepreneurship, and job creation. The Office of Innovation Development designs and implements outreach programs intended to reach a wide range of groups, including independent inventors, women, small business concerns, minorities, and other underserved communities.
First-time filer? Confused by trademark application terms? Interested in saving time and money during the application process? For your convenience, the USPTO presents TMIN, the Trademark Information Network. Here you can view news broadcast-style videos that cover important topics and critical application filing tips.
The inventor’s notebook can be one of the most important elements of the patent process. As the official record of your technical work (calculations, experiments, prototype, ideas and improvements, etc.)