Skip to main content
University of Texas University of Texas Libraries

Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright

Overview: Patent Application and Maintenance Process

Overview of a Patent Application and Maintenance Process

For someone who has intellectual property -- probably an invention -- to protect, Patent Office staff offer a set of steps for the inventor/creator to work through:

1. Determine the type of Intellectual Property protection that you need.

2. If you have an invention, determine if your invention is patentable.

3. Ask: What kind of patent do you need?

4. Get ready to apply.

5. Prepare and submit your initial application.

6. Work with your examiner.

7. Receive your approval.

8. Maintain your patent.

Use Public PAIR to See Applications from Others

Use the Patent Center to Apply and Track

The USPTO offers Patent Center, a "tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications. "  The "Training Mode" feature lets applicants practice using electronic filing before they do the real thing.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License.