Intellectual Property

Note from the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center: Investing in intellectual property should be a business decision. In other words, is it likely that the market potential of this product or technology will justify the costs of seeking intellectual property protection?


Patents and Trademarks

Information on obtaining a patent or a trademark can be found from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The USPTO has general information on what a patent or trademark is, instructions on how to file for a patent or trademark, as well as services for maintaining your patent or trademark. The USPTO also posts news update regarding the latest changes to Intellectual Property Law.  To learn more about the USPTO, please click the link above.



Copyrights are handled by the United States Copyright Office. The Copyright Office website maintains information about about online registration options, news about reengineering, all key publications, application forms for copyright registration, links to the copyright law, links to the homepages of other copyright-related organizations, a link to the online copyright records cataloged since 1978 and much more. To learn more about Copyrights, please click the link above.


Finding a Patent Attorney is a search engine maintained by LexisNexis for finding attorneys. To find a local Intellectual Property law Firm by you, please click the link above.

Intellectual Property: Selecting a Good Lawyer
This article from offers advice regarding how to check out if an attorney is reputable and experienced in Intellectual Property. It also offers some resources regarding how to find an attorney near you. To read the article, please click the link above.