Hands-on Patent Search Workshop

As part of its Patents Education Curriculum, the Silicon Valley USPTO will host a two-hour workshop on patent searching. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners on the USPTO Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) which are publicly available at the regional office. A supervisory patent examiner will instruct the attendees on the following:

  • What are the benefits of searching?
  • Where can you search?
  • When should you search?
  • How do you search using USPTO search tools?

This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of patents and would like to learn more about patent searching.

If you do not already have a UPWS login account which are valid for one year, please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the workshop to register for one. This event and UPWS accounts are free and open to the public.

Most of the class will be lecture; however, you will have the opportunity to practice on our Universal Public Workstations during the last 30-45 minutes. Please note, you may have to share a workstation due to limited availability. Priority to use the workstations will be given to those who pre-registered and in the order of their arrival. You may want to allow extra time after class to use a workstation.

Introduction to IP with Emphasis on Patents

A supervisory patent examiner will give an overview of the intellectual property landscape, with a focus on the patent system, and answer general intellectual property questions during a live information session. This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who would like to learn what types of intellectual property are available to protect their inventions and creations.  Attendees will have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of the intellectual property system.

Introduction to Design Patents

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts a monthly Introduction to Design Patents lunch and learn session in its San Jose office from noon to 1:00 p.m. PT. A supervisory patent examiner will give an overview of the design patent system and answer general design patent questions during a live information session. This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who would like to learn more about the patent system and have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of the patent system. This event is free and open to the public. Please bring your own lunch to enjoy during the session, lunch is not provided. Space is limited.

Trademark Tuesday

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC). During this virtual meeting with TAC, participants will learn about the trademark registration process and be able to ask questions of experts through our video teleconferencing capability. The Trademark Assistance Center, located in Alexandria, Virginia, provides general information about trademarks.

This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge of trademarks. To get the most out of this event, we recommend participants view some of the informational videos regarding trademark registration before the session and prepare specific questions to ask the experts.

Start-up Time

William Seidel, President of America Invents, LLC, and author of “Licensing Myths & Mastery: Why Most Ideas Don’t Work and What To Do About It”, will discuss his next book Inventrepreneurship where the entrepreneurial inventor does it all.

Mr. Seidel is the principal of America Invents that develops, licenses, and markets products and is a consultancy for strategic development. He was an innovator in the solar energy industry in the 70s, the electronic toy industry in the 80s, the appliance, marketing, and infomercial industries in the 90s, and currently focuses on consumer products. With revenues of $2 billion in 50,000 stores worldwide, America Invents is one of few companies in this field creating sizable success.

As adjunct faculty at the University of California at Berkeley, he wrote, taught, and instituted Entrepreneurship & Innovationand the Direct Marketing Program. He also taught Product Development and Product Design at San Francisco State University.

Don’t have time for dinner? Pizza and beverages will be provided through LES and the California Invention Center.

Copyright Basics and Considerations for Entrepreneurs

Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a discussion about what all entrepreneurs, small businesses, and start-ups should know about copyrights. The discussion will involve an overview of copyrights as well as provide insight into things to consider regarding registration and enforcement. Through the USPTO’s Global Intellectual Property Academy, the Office of Policy and International Affairs’ Copyright Team advises the administration and other federal government departments and agencies on domestic and international copyright legal and policy issues and provides technical assistance and training on copyright-related matters for both U.S. and foreign government officials.


  • Copyright Basics
  • FAQs about Federal Copyright Registration
  • What You Need to Know About Copyrights and 3D Printing

Silicon Valley USPTO Public Tour

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts an informational public tour of its office located in the 3-story Wing building of the San Jose City Hall Complex. Participants tour the office and learn about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from USPTO representatives.

2018 PTAB Annual Judicial Conference in San Jose, California

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will host a 2018 PTAB Annual Judicial Conference at the Silicon Valley Regional Office in San Jose, California on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT on the 1st floor.

The program will be the same at all locations and is intended to educate the public about aspects of Board practice as well as providing a forum to enhance the dialogue between the public and the Board. In particular, during the morning sessions, the PTAB will focus on best practices for written and oral advocacy with a judge panel discussion followed by practicum exercises for attendees.  During the afternoon sessions, the PTAB will address hot topics, such as patent subject matter eligibility and motion to amend practices, through small group discussions.  The conference will conclude with an interview with Chief Judge David Ruschke led by members of the local IP community to explore other recent PTAB developments and potential future changes.

Come learn how to strengthen your PTAB practice, hear directly from the PTAB judges, and meet many of them as well.  There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.