New Patent Virtual Assistance Pilot Program

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New Patent Virtual Assistance Pilot Program

The USPTO has a new Patent Virtual Assistance Pilot Program. Through this program, WebEx is available at the Broward County Main Library's Patent and Trademark Resource Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The center provides a privately located computer that meets USPTO system requirements for a secure two-way WebEx video conference with USPTO representatives.

You may ask these representatives questions about the patent application process, present draft patent applications for a cursory review, and more. While the representatives can provide assistance with the patent application process, they cannot provide legal advice or make patentability determinations prior to an application being filed.

To set up an appointment, please contact the Broward County Main Library at 954-357-7439 or Appointments can be scheduled Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m. (EST); and Thursdays 10 a.m. – noon and 1-3 p.m. (EST). Please allow two business days to schedule an appointment.

For questions about this new pilot program, please contact the USPTO's Office of Innovation Development at 866-767-3848 or