Hosted by International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce:
Intellectual property (IP) can be a valuable business asset no matter what type or size of business. Businesses should be cognizant of protecting their IP from the onset of making an initial business plan and throughout the life of the business. Whether through patents, trademarks, copyrights, or trade secrets, a business can profit from the ownership and use of its IP portfolio. Patents oftentimes are an integral part of this IP portfolio. Join Elizabeth Dougherty from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a discussion about what all entrepreneurs, small businesses, and start-ups should know about patents. Learn what is a patent, types of U.S. patents, and the role and importance of patents in protecting inventions. The discussion will additionally address the patent filing and prosecution process as well as identify USPTO resources for assisting entrepreneurs, small businesses, and start-ups. Important to note, many of these resources are free!