Patent Quality ChatThe Patent Quality Chat series is designed to provide information on patent quality topics and gather your input on a regular basis via an easy, webinar format. Webinar such as "Examiners Provide Their View on Prepared Applications (2017)", "Filing Structured Text (DOCX): A Smarter Way to File (2019)" and "Subject Matter Eligibility: Guidance & Examination Resources (2018)" to name a few.
Inventor Info ChatInventor Info Chat series is designed to provide inventors with relevant information on topics that assist with applying for a patent. Webinar such as "How to set up MyUSPTO account (2019)", "Claim drafting (2018)", and "How to use EFS-Web to file a Patent Application (2017)".
Patent Center (USPTO)"Patent Center is a new tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications. Patent Center and DOCX filing features."
Patent Center TrainingOn this webpage, on the left side of screen, scroll down there is "Patent Center beta and DOCX training" Register to attend training webinars.
See the Patent Center User guide from the "Applications and Guides" tab.
File patent applications with DOCX documents"As a part of our USPTO application systems modernization effort, filing formats for patent applications have been expanded to include DOCX format. DOCX filing was made available to all EFS-Web Registered, Private PAIR users, and Patent Center users. Users who file in DOCX text will be able to access their submissions and office actions in DOCX and XML formats, along with the regular PDF format."
Patent Cooperation Treaty--PCT (USPTO Guide)"The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is an international treaty with more than 150 Contracting States. The PCT makes it possible to seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in a large number of countries by filing a single “international” patent application instead of filing several separate national or regional patent applications."
PCT fess in US dollarsIt includes regular, small entity and micro entity fee. Fee code is also provided from this webpage.
Inventor's Handbook (EPO)The purpose of this Inventors' Handbook is to provide you with basic guidance on all the key stages of turning an invention into a commercial product. Or perhaps we should say the key stages of turning an idea into an enterprise, if we are to widen our definition of 'invention' to include novel processes, business methods, social interactions etc.
Patent pending in 24 hoursThe provisional patent application -- Deciding whether to file a provisional application : the seven hurdles -- Finding previous inventions -- Drafting the provisional paten application : Part 1 Drawing your invention -- Drafting the provisional patent application : Part 2 Describing your invention -- Filing and beyond.
Law School Clinic Certification ProgramThe Law School Clinic Certification program allows law students enrolled in a participating law school's clinic program to practice Intellectual Property Law before the USPTO under the strict guidance of a Law School Faculty Clinic Supervisor.
Legal Clinic -- South Texas College of Law HoustonSouth Texas College of Law provide Pro Bono service for filing your patent application. Pro Bono Services only for the legal assistance. Applicants still need to pay other fees. Click on "Contact Us" on the left side of screen to request for assistance.
State Bar of TexasProvides links to various legal groups all over the state of Texas that provide free services to those with limited incomes.
SCORE -- HoustonFounded in 1964, SCORE (formerly known as Service Corps Of Retired Executives) is a valuable network of tens of thousands volunteers who, through 300+ chapters nationwide, offer small business entrepreneurs practical business advice at no charge for the Life of Your Business (from conception to profitable growth).
Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP)The Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program provides a unique and revolutionary service to Texas small businesses by providing them with FREE engineering support from some of the most highly qualified engineers in the world, rocket scientists.
STOPfakes"STOPfakes.gov is a one-stop shop for U.S. government tools and resources on intellectual property rights (IPR). The federal agencies behind STOPfakes.gov have developed a number of resources to educate and assist businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as consumers, government officials, and the general public."
Startup resourcesThe USPTO's hub for startup resources provides links you can use to find help as you address the intellectual property (IP) challenges specific to startups, including assessing your IP portfolio, securing funding, and guarding against costly infringement litigation.
PatentsView"The PatentsView search tool allows users to explore 40 years of data on patenting activity in the US. Use the tool to discover technological, regional, and individual-level trends through several search filters and multiple view options."-- from PatentsView.
Patent StatisticsThe Patent Technology Monitoring Team (PTMT) periodically issues general statistics and miscellaneous reports that profile patenting activity at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).