Below are links to some commonly used external intellectual property resources.
USPTO United States Patent and Trademark Office - Agency of the US Department of Commerce established in 1802 "to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries"
WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization - Agency of the United Nations established in 1967 "to encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world"
EPO European Patent Organization - International Organization established in 1977 under the European patent convention
JPO Japan Patent Office - Agency of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry established in 1885
KIPO The Korean Intellectual Property Office - Agency under Korean Act on Establishment and Operation of Executive Agencies established in 1949
Private Pair The USPTO's web-based means of electronically viewing the status of and documents for patent applications
Espacenet The EPO's patent document search database
Google Patents Free downloadable .pdf copies of U.S. patents dating back to 1790, with (reasonably accurate) full-text searching capability
EUIPO European Union Intellectual Property Office - Trademark and designs registry for the European Union
TESS Trademark Electronic Search System - USPTO's database for searching registered marks
TSDR Trademarks Status and Document Retrieval - USPTO's system for viewing and downloading trademark application and registration records
The United States Patent and Trademark Office is located in Alexandria, Virginia
Below are some answers to questions that we often receive.
Q: When prosecuting a patent application and an examiner interview is desired, is it preferable to seek a telephone or in person interview?
A: We have found that both of these options can be quite helpful in progressing the prosecution of a case. In many cases, we have found in person interviews to be particularly useful as they give more of an opportunity to walk an examiner through the nuances of a case and to better gauge an examiner's receptiveness to certain arguments. Additionally, due to the very close proximity of our office to the USPTO, we are able to offer in person examiner interviews as a cost effective tool in patent prosecution strategies.
Q: Many patents in the US take several years to issue after an application has been filed. What, if any, options are there to have my patent issue faster?
A: The USPTO offers a number of different programs that can result in an expedited examination of patent applications which can lead to faster issuing patents. Some of these programs include Track I examination, the expedited examination program, and the patent prosecution highway program. Feel free to contact us to see if any of these options are appropriate or available for you.
Q: I've heard that certain government fees charged by the USPTO are reduced for small entities. What are the requirements for qualifying for small entity status?
A: Generally, to qualify for small entity status, the owner of the patent rights must be: (i) a person who has not assigned or licensed (or is under an obligation to do so) any rights to the invention, unless the entity receiving such rights would otherwise qualify for small entity status; (ii) a small business whose number of employees or other affiliates does not exceed 500 individuals; or (iii) a non profit organization that meets certain qualifying criteria.]