USPTO Launches New IP Tool Identifier

Takeaway: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched a new tool online to help business owners and inventors identify and protect their intellectual property.

The USPTO launched its new Intellectual Property (IP) Identifier tool. Designed for those who are less familiar with IP, this virtual resource enables users to identify if they have the IP protections needed to support and advance their business or innovation. This tool also provides simplified information on patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

The IP Identifier has basic and advanced options. The basic option uses six simple questions to quickly assess which type of IP to protect, while the advanced option allows users to go more in depth about their specific type of IP and obtain links to additional resources. Currently, a option called “Managing your IP” is under development.

The IP Identified tool can be found HERE.