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Entrepreneurship: Patents & Legality

This guide supports UCI’s innovation and entrepreneurship community by connecting users to relevant resources used to conduct research throughout the entrepreneurial process.

Patents & Legality

NOLO's Patents for Beginners [eBook]
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A primer on patent law that explains how to: document your invention, acquire patent rights, 'read' a patent application, understand how and why to make a patent search, determine patent ownership, find patent information, understand international patent law, and decide whether to file a provisional patent.


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Answers to a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about patents.

USPTO: Patent process overview

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An overview of a patent application and maintenance process.

USPTO: Types of patent applications and proceedings

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Information about design, plant, and utility patent applications, as well as provisional patent applications.

UCOP: Intellectual Property
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The University of California Office of the President’s intellectual property policy guidance on the technology transfer efforts of the 10 UC campuses.

UCI Research Translation Group (RTG)
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A vast portfolio of UCI inventions, resulting from the university’s world-class research, that are available for licensing to industry and startups. Managed by UCI Beall Applied Innovation.

United States Patent and Trademark Office
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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.

Patent and Trademark Resource Centers

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A Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) is part of a nationwide network of public, state, and academic libraries designated by the USPTO to support the public with trademark and patent assistance.

World Intellectual Property Organization

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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation. It is a self-funding agency of the United Nations with 192 member states.

Patents Presentation

Want to learn more about patents and the patent process?
Check out the slide deck from IP Strategy is a Business Strategy, a presentation given by Steve Koziol, Assistant Regional Director,
Silicon Valley USPTO at UC Irvine on January 17, 2020.

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