Intellectual Property

Protect your business! Discover some of our resources on how to trademark or patent your business.

Trademarks and Copyrights

U.S. Intellectual Policy Laws At-A-Glance

The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition provides a list of laws pertaining to Intellectual Policy.

United States Patent and Trademark Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. Visit the United States Patent and Trademark office to learn more about resources regarding trademarks, patents, and copyrights.

United States Copyright Office

The United States Copyrights office administers the Nation’s copyrights laws for the advancement of the public good, and offers services and support to authors and users of creative works.


The World Intellectual Property Organization provides further inside information regarding knowledge, training, and resources for intellectual property.

Downloadable Tools

Patent Process Guide

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) provides services for businesses to educate about protecting inventions, …

WIPO Guide

A guide to intellectual property.

Guide to Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights

A worksheet with detailed descriptions of the process of trademarking, etc. your business.

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