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 HomeOfficeMag.com. Subscribe »

Inventors, take note. If you need information on how to patent or 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.

loading...

More from Entrepreneur

We created the SYOB course to help you get started on your entrepreneurial journey. You can now sign up for just $99, plus receive a 7-day free trial. Just use promo code SYOB99 to claim your offer.
Jumpstart Your Business. Entrepreneur Insider is your all-access pass to the skills, experts, and network you need to get your business off the ground—or take it to the next level.
Entrepreneur Store scours the web for the newest software, gadgets & web services. Explore our giveaways, bundles, "Pay What You Want" deals & more.

Latest on Entrepreneur