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Selected Inventor Resources

Main patent information portal at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website.

Patent Attorneys or Agents
"List of Attorneys and Agents Registered to Practice with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Patent Attorney/Agent Search)"
This is a searchable index of contact information for attorneys and agents with licenses to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. There is also a geographic search available. Patent practitioners can be found in the Yellow Pages under the heading "Patent Agents" and/or "Patent Attorneys" or under "Intellectual Property."

Small Business and Intellectual Property - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Website of the USPTO's Small Business Education Campaign. Links to basics about intellectual property.

Inventor Resources and Information - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
This section of the USPTO website is designed specifically for independent inventors.

Inventors Assistance Center (IAC) - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
The Inventors Assistance Center at the USPTO answers general questions about patent examination policy and procedure, including technical questions about patent forms.

Washington State Innovation Assessment Center (IAC) - Washington State University, College of Business
The Washington State Innovation Assessment Center provides evaluation services and market assessments for individuals and small businesses throughout the United States.

Washington Small Business Development Centers
The SBDC is a cooperative effort of Washington State University, other educational institutions, economic development organizations, and the US Small Business Administration. The SBDC offers confidential assistance in technical business affairs and management.

Entrepreneurial Law Clinic - University of Washington School of Law
Teams law and business students with pro bono attorneys and business advisors to provide legal and business counseling to technology entrepreneurs, small businesses, social entrepreneurs, non-profits, students, and UW researchers.  Please consult their website for more information.

Wex - Intellectual Property: Legal Information Institute (LII), Cornell University Law School
Wex is a free legal dictionary and encyclopedia. Wex is a collaborative public access law resource sponsored by the Cornell Law school. The Intellectual Property section of Wex contains articles about patents, copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property issues.

America Invents Act - Implementation Guide
On September 16, 2011 the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law.  This online guide outlines the AIA and provides information about implementation of the Act at the USPTO.  Includes a timeline and guide to effective dates.

Patent Litigation Toolkit - USPTO
Information from the USPTO "to empower those who have received a demand letter or may be threatened with a patent lawsuit with information about their options."  "The information presented on this site does not constitute legal advice. It should not be considered to replace advice from an attorney."



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For the most up-to-date information or legal advice, please contact a patent or trademark attorney.