Most of us heard “do your homework” from our parents the entire time we were in school. The same applies to inventors wanting to bring a product to market. Just like we used calculators and rulers in school, inventors have tools and resources available to help through their inventor homework.  Here are a couple of valuable (and free) tools that make doing your inventor homework a whole lot easier.

A wealth of inventor educational resources, the USPTO website is extensive – and sometimes hidden gems, like these, may go unnoticed by inventors:

IP Awareness Assessment to Figure Out What You Don’t Know.  In just 20-30 minutes, inventors and entrepreneurs can measure and increase their awareness of IP issues, relevant to their creative projects and business goals, by taking this online quiz.  Best part, after answering the questions you’ll be sent customized training resources tailored to your specific needs.
Start Your Free IP Awareness Assessment. It costs you nothing but your time.

The IP Awareness Assessment, developed under the joint efforts of United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology/Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP), allows you to assess your intellectual property awareness. Following the completion of the assessment, you will receive a customized training material.

Free USPTO-hosted Inventor Education Events Around the Country. Did you know the US Patent and Trademark Office hosts several free events across the country on information every inventor should explore before bringing a product to market?  Visit the USPTO Events Calendar for current happenings, it’s easy to filter the results by locations.  Example topics include:

  • “Trademark Tuesday” to learn about trademarks;
  • Intellectual Property (IP) Basics to give you an overview of the patent system;
  • IP searching and filing;
  • Pro-bono resources;
  • And so many more!

Use these resources to get a head start on doing your homework.