Getting Started with Patents

Applying for a patent successfuly requires a strong understanding of the application process. This is the first step to a successful application.

Applying for a Patent

Make sure that something sets your invention apart from the other products already in the field. You should understand the application process and do some important research before embarking on the application process.

Maintaining a Patent

Learn more about the fees associated with maintaining a patent.

Filing Your Patent Online

Patent Tools & Links

Search for Patents

Find existing patents, published patent applications and other published patent documentation

File Online

File a patent application online with EFS-Web

Check the Filing Status of Your Patent Application

Check patent application status with public PAIR and private PAIR

Fees and Payment

Pay fees and learn more about filing fees and other payments.

Patents Forms

Forms for patent applications and issued patents

Patent Trial and Appeal Board

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) conducts trials, including inter partes, post-grant, and covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, hears appeals...

Patents Assignments: Change & Search Ownership

During the examination of pending patent application as well as after the patent is granted, the owner may create and submit a Patent Assignment Recordation Coversheet to change patent ownership or owner name

Laws, Regulations, Policies, Procedures, Guidance and Training

Domestic and international rulemaking and law enforcement


Getting Started with Trademarks

Before you apply for a trademark, you should familiarize yourself with the basics. Determine if you need a trademark or another form of Intellectual Property protection.

Trademark Application Process

Applying for a trademark requires a full understanding of the application process. Make sure to do a complete search and understand all requirements before you begin.

Maintaining Your Trademark

Once your trademark registration has been granted, be sure to pay the maintenance fees to keep your trademark alive.

Getting Started with Trademarks

Trademark Tools & Links

Search Trademark Database

Search database for trademark registrations and applications by mark, owner, or serial/registration number with Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)

Filing Online

File forms for the trademark application, maintenance and other trademark processes with Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS)

Check Status & View Documents

Check the status of an application and view and download application and registration records using Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR)

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board News and Notices ... New Release of ESTTA: In response to stakeholder comments during last year’s ESTTA Users Forum, the TTAB is pleased to...

Trademark Assignments: Change & Search Ownership

During the examination of a pending trademark application as well as after a trademark has registered, the owner of a trademark may change for various reasons

Trademark Application and Post-Registration Process Timelines

The timelines provide an overview of the process steps and time frames for filing a trademark application with a particular filing basis and for maintaining a trademark

View Fee Schedule: Trademark Fee Information

Information on current fees, methods of payment, mailing addresses, and fee questions

Laws & Regulations

Domestic and international rulemaking and law enforcement