AccessUSPTO to link select national organizations to inventors throughout America

Not all inventors and entrepreneurs understand what intellectual property (IP) is, or its essential role in protecting their rights. So the USPTO has initiated a pilot program to ultimately reach people in locations where IP has not traditionally been maximized.

The goal of AccessUSPTO is to show people throughout America how to secure IP rights such as patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights in order to expand their businesses.

To achieve this, AccessUSPTO will work with trusted, select national organizations to assess their constituent needs on IP information and deliver a tailored outreach plan that meets those identified needs.

The USPTO continues to explore these organizations. Each organization considered for the pilot should have an emphasis on local communities with members not traditionally versed in IP.

AccessUSPTO will evaluate the organizations through an open dialogue and work with them on creating a tailored outreach plan—including, but not limited to, a variety of subject matter training, educational materials, and an IP starter tool kit. This tool kit includes resources highlighting where individuals can begin in their entrepreneurial journey from a local standpoint, and how to further develop their ideas.

The tailored outreach plan(s) will offer combinations of information best suited for that national organization’s member audience, to disseminate to their members through the organizations’ preferred means.

With this new program, the USPTO hopes to reach more aspiring entrepreneurs and inventors and empower them with the tools they need to protect their ideas, creations, and brands.

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