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What's The Big Idea?

If you've got one, you'd better protect it. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Web site shows you how.
- Magazine Contributor
1 min read

This story appears in the June 1999 issue of Startups. Subscribe »

Inventors, take note. If you need information on how to patent or trademark your product or idea, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (PTO) Web site, located at http://www.uspto.gov, should be your first stop.

The site offers a smorgasbord of information, so if you don't know what you want, the FAQ sections of the patent and trademark pages are a good place to start. Among the other services you'll find are a searchable database, a roster of agents and attorneys registered to practice before the PTO, guides to filing utility and design patents, advice on how to file a trademark or service mark application electronically, and much more.

Should you prefer to speak with a live person, call the PTO's toll-free help line at (800) PTO-9199.