Inventors, small businesses and in-house counsel may find a plethora of information on the internet regarding intellectual property. Below are a list of a trusted governmental websites that provide free information regarding patents, trademarks and copyrights.
For patents, the first stop should be www.uspto.gov, the website of the governmental administrative body (United States Patent and Trademark Office) that accepts patent applications and issues them. For patent information, just click on “Patents” then on “FAQ – questions and answers.” The trademark office is a part of the patent office and can be reached at the same web address. For trademark information, just click on “Trademarks” then on “Basic Facts about Trademarks.” Those interested in copyrights may obtain free information at www.copyright.gov. The website is self explanatory. However, peruse the “Circulars and Brochures” under the Publications heading for detailed answers to common questions.
The statements made in this post are not intended as legal advice but is provided merely to aid you in communicating with an attorney and for informational purposes. Legal advice appropriate for your situation depends on your specific facts.
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