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It is recommended that an attorney be consulted when an interpretation of the law is needed. UCF library staff are not able to provide any legal advice. Patent Assistance Information

USPTO Independent Inventor Resources

Inventors Councils

Local makerspaces--NOTE: call ahead, hours/open houses may vary

Pro Bono Services

If you qualify for free legal assistance with your patent application (income 300% or less of Federal Poverty Guidelines), there is an office in Florida that provides free Pro Bono Assistance.  There is a USPTO video series available that explains the program fully.

Protecting your IP

UCF Small Business Development Center

  • Counseling - Certified Business Analysts will help you develop:
    • Business Plans
    • Marketing Plans
    • Feasibility Studies
    • Market Research
    • Loan Proposals
    • Accounting Systems
    • Personnel Plans
    • Employee Manuals
    • Strategic Plans
  • Areas of Assistance
    • Accounting: asset management, record keeping systems and procedures
    • Finance: ratio analysis, breakeven analysis, financial projections and business valuation
    • Marketing: pricing, advertising & promotion, marketing planning, market research and exporting
    • Operations: production & inventory control, project management, risk management and energy conservation
    • New Venture Planning: start-up information, feasibility analysis, business planning and general business consulting
    • Technical Assistance: preliminary patent searches, patent, copyright & trademark, and technology transfer & SBIR/STTR
  • Seminars
    • Basic Tools Seminar Series
    • Specialty Tools Seminar Series
    • Government Contracting Seminar Series
    • Strategic Tools Seminar Series


Patent Drawings and Drafting

Roster of Patent Attorneys and Agents

The USPTO maintains a roster of patent agents and attorneys who are authorized to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  You may use their database (search or download) to obtain the most current information on practitioners in your city, county or zip code.

Finding Patent and Trademark practitioners

We recommend that an attorney be consulted when an interpretation of the law is needed.  See Patent and trademark practitioners on the USPTO website for more information, including why trademark applicants in particular are encouraged to hire an attorney.  See also the new trademark rule requiring foreign-domiciled applicants and registrants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney.

Inventor's Assistance Center

The Inventors Assistance Center (IAC) answers questions concerning patent examining policy and procedure by former Supervisory Patent Examiners and experienced Primary Examiners.

How to Contact the IAC

  • Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM (ET), except federal holidays
  • Toll-free:  800-PTO-9199 (800-786-9199)
  • Local:  571-272-1000
  • TDD/TTY customers can dial 800-877-8339 for customer assistance