Patents and Trademarks: Inventors & Entrepreneurs

Looking for support for your startup or developing your invention?  Be sure to check out USPTO's Inventor & Entrepreneur Resources plus more below to get you started - most are free!

  • Apex Center for Entrepreneurs: for students at Virginia Tech (any level or major), provides support for every phase of the entrepreneurship and new venture development process
  • Science, Technology, & Law Minor: for undergraduates at Virginia Tech (any major) looking to learn more about intellectual property and considering career paths that will involve these topics (also see the Student Intellectual Property Society on Gobbler Connect)
  • Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce: receive support and enhance networking opportunities plus education for businesses in the county
  • Start a Business - Blacksburg: provides information and tips for starting a business in Blacksburg, including taxes and sign requirements
  • Small Business Support - Christiansburg: assistance for small businesses in Christiansburg, includes one-on-one help and counseling no matter the size of the business
  • Regional Accelerator & Mentoring Program: for startups in Roanoke and the surrounding area, helps fund businesses to take the next step in their development
  • Verge: provides regional connection, communication, and collaboration by identifying regional priorities and funding to advance tech and biotech projects and solutions
  • Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council: network of technology professionals, businesses, and organizations, collaborating to create a nationally recognized innovation ecosystem through entrepreneurship, programming, mentoring, and leadership
  • Roanoke Small Business Development Center: supports small businesses throughout the Greater Roanoke Area, Franklin County, Alleghany Highlands, and the New River Valley with connections to the national SBDC network
  • Opportunity Southwest Virginia: supports entrepreneurs in the region to help link them to opportunities and expand their impact in their communities
  • Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation: support the Commonwealth’s vision for the expansion of innovation, opportunity, and job creation plus provides seed funding and more to help startups and entrepreneurs
  • Virginia Trademark Registration: the State Corporation Commission manages registration through the Division of Securities and Retail Franchising (repository/administrative body)
If you're not looking to do the process on your own (see how to get help filing a patent application on your own), there are options for free and paid help with your patents or trademarks:
Here are some key USPTO resources and links to help you get started with and manage your applications through granting or registration. And remember that USPTO generally has fees for all steps so it is to your benefit to understand the process (or work with an attorney who can help).


***Make sure you create your USPTO Account for Patent Center, TEAS and more - note that there are requirements for verifying your identity too.  Training for these systems is also highly recommended, which is offered regularly by USPTO (see Events page).
USPTO offers awards and more for inventors and entrepreneurs!
Be sure to check these out and see if you are eligible:
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