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USPTO Webinar: The Path to a Patent, Part I: IP basics

Thursday, January 12, 2023 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Price: 
Free

Full Path to a Patent Series Overview

Part I: Intellectual property (IP) basics

Thursday, January 12, 2023, 11 - 12:30 p.m. PST

Are you interested in learning about intellectual property (IP) basics? In this module, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experts will:

  • Provide a brief overview of the different types of IP (patents, trade secrets, and copyrights)
  • Review the patenting process from invention, to application, to issue
  • Cover the requirements for patentability
  • Explain how to determine whether a provisional or nonprovisional application is right for you
  • Discuss how to weigh the costs and benefits of hiring a patent attorney

Part II: Drafting provisional patent applications

Thursday, January 19, 2023, 11 - 12:30 p.m. PST

In this module, USPTO experts discuss key differences between provisional and nonprovisional patent applications, filing requirements and fees, the different ways to file a provisional application, and more.

Part III: Patent searching

Thursday, January 26, 2023, 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Are you interested in learning more about patent searching? Attend this virtual session and learn from USPTO experts about preliminary searching, using the suggested Seven-Step Strategy, tips and resources for searching, and more.

Part IV: Learn how to draft a patent application

Thursday, February 9, 2023, 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Understanding patent application drafting is a vital step in protecting your invention. Attend this virtual workshop and learn from USPTO experts about the formalities and requirements of drafting a patent application, as well as how to avoid common mistakes.

To gain the most from this workshop, we suggest participants have an intermediate knowledge of the intellectual property system and patents specifically. We recommend that you take the previous course, Part I: IP basics, prior to registering for this webinar.

Part V: Understanding the role of claims in a patent application

Thursday, February 16, 2023, 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Are you an inventor preparing to file a patent application? In this session, USPTO experts will discuss the parts of the claim, show examples of claim illustrations from issued U.S. patents, and help participants develop a better appreciation of how a patent examiner views a claim.

To gain the most from this workshop, we suggest participants have an intermediate knowledge of the intellectual property system and of patents specifically. We recommend that you complete the previous sessions, Part I: IP basics and Part IV: Learn how to draft your patent application before attending.

Part VI: Learn how to protect your IP abroad

Thursday, March 2, 2023, 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Did you know that patents offer territorial rights, meaning that there is no such thing as an international or global patent? Learn how to help protect your intellectual property (IP) in foreign jurisdictions. USPTO's International Patent Legal Administration will present considerations and options for filing foreign patent applications.

Part VII: How to file a patent application using Patent Center

Thursday, March 9, 2023, 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Looking for more information on using Patent Center? USPTO experts will teach participants how to use this tool to file and manage patent documents online. This presentation will feature filing application documents in DOCX format, including using Patent Center Training mode to practice filing. A list of helpful resources such as the Inventor's Assistance Center (IAC), and information about the Patent Electronics Business Center (EBC) will be shared.

Part VIII: Common mistakes and post-filing support

Thursday, March 16, 2023, 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

This session is full of important tips on filing a patent application and what to do after you filed for a patent. Learn about common mistakes to avoid and gain a better understanding of post filing procedures and support.

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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.