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A guide to information on patents and trademarks, patent searching, inventor resources and UW intellectual property resources.
Last Updated: Jul 29, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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Definitions & Concepts

What is a Patent?

A patent is a grant of property right by the government to an inventor preventing others from making, using, or selling an invention for a period of 20 years from application date.


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    Key Information

    The most comprehensive source for U.S. patent and trademark information is the website of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:

    Process for Obtaining a Utility Patent [flowchart]


    News and Events

    Alexandria, Va. August 15-16, 2014

    Top USPTO officials, successful inventors, and intellectual property experts will be on hand to provide practical advice and information for
    both novice and seasoned inventors.

    Forward Technology Festival

    Madison, WI,  August 21-28, 2014

    "Join fellow entrepreneurs, nerds, designers, geeks, hackers, foodies, and creative professionals from the Midwest in an 8-day celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship."



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