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

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

Patent Resources

Subject Source
Search engine from Google that indexes patents and patent applications Google Patents
Invention to Patent 101 guide IPWatchdog
Patent Searching 101 tutorial IPWatchdog
Patent Search USPTO
Patent Pro Bono Program for independent inventors and small businesses USPTO
Pro Se Assistance Program USPTO
Patent Search FreePatentsOnline (FPO)
DIY Patent Education Platform Patent Hacks®

Copyright Resources

Subject Source
Copyright Registration Portal

Trademark Resources

Subject Source
Trademark Database Search USPTO
Trademark Initial Application form USPTO

IP Strategy

Subject Source
Intellectual Property Canvas Startup Accelerator, Zürich University of Applied Sciences
IP Strategy for Entrepreneurs Kauffman FoundersSchool
Guide to navigating IP at U.S. universities VentureWell
Free Patent Search Education Patent Hacks®


Subject Source
YouTube channel series on IP education (modern and intellectual standpoint) Crash Course
Reality TV show featuring aspiring inventors seeking to launch their inventions Everyday Edisons
Online publications that bridges the gap between the worlds of business and fashion law The Fashion Law
Publication highlighting the inventor community Inventors Digest
The Fair Use App NewMediaRights
Copyright: The Card Game – U.S. version Paul Bond, SUNY Broome Community College

K-12 Resources

Subject Source
The Inventor Handbook – preliminary guide for high school-age inventors Lemelson-MIT
National Summer Teacher Institute USPTO
High School Resource Guide USPTO


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