At the Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property, our mission is to close the IP education gap and empower the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, and creators with the knowledge they’ll need to capitalize on their innovations. Keeping this front of mind, we’ve curated a collection of some of our favorite external resources for those looking for additional educational materials or ready to take the next step in protecting your IP.

Want to suggest additional resources to share with our community? Please contact [email protected].

General Resources

IP Careers 101: A Student’s Guide to Careers in Intellectual PropertyGIPA
What is Intellectual Property?WIPO
IP case studiesWIPO
Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on U.S. patentsUSPTO
Intellectual Property Awareness Basics Central (IPABC)CIPU

Patent Resources

Search engine from Google that indexes patents and patent applicationsGoogle Patents
Invention to Patent 101 guideIPWatchdog
Patent Searching 101 tutorialIPWatchdog
Patent SearchUSPTO
Patent Pro Bono Program for independent inventors and small businessesUSPTO
Pro Se Assistance ProgramUSPTO
Patent SearchFreePatentsOnline (FPO)
DIY Patent Education PlatformPatent Hacks®

Copyright Resources

Copyright Registration

Trademark Resources

Trademark Database SearchUSPTO
Trademark Initial Application formUSPTO

IP Strategy

Intellectual Property CanvasStartup Accelerator, Zürich University of Applied Sciences
IP Strategy for EntrepreneursKauffman FoundersSchool
Guide to navigating IP at U.S. universitiesVentureWell
Free Patent Search EducationPatent Hacks®


YouTube channel series on IP education (modern and intellectual standpoint)Crash Course
Reality TV show featuring aspiring inventors seeking to launch their inventionsEveryday Edisons
Online publications that bridges the gap between the worlds of business and fashion lawThe Fashion Law
Publication highlighting the inventor communityInventors Digest
The Fair Use AppNewMediaRights
Copyright: The Card Game – U.S. versionPaul Bond, SUNY Broome Community College

K-12 Resources

The Inventor Handbook – preliminary guide for high school-age inventorsLemelson-MIT
National Summer Teacher InstituteUSPTO
High School Resource GuideUSPTO


The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property, an initiative of the Michelson 20MM Foundation, addresses critical gaps in intellectual property education to empower the next generation of inventors. Michelson 20MM was founded thanks to the generous support of renowned spinal surgeon Dr. Gary K. Michelson and Alya Michelson. To learn more, visit