Are you interested in protecting your business name or invention with a trademark or patent?
During the current quarantine for COVID-19, you can still begin working on these processes from home. See below for patent & trademark resources from the Free Library and how to get started:
Basic Facts: Trademarks, Patents, and Copyrights
We highly recommend first watching this video titled "Basic Facts: Trademarks, Patents, and Copyrights" (USPTO website) explaining the different types of Intellectual Property (IP) for which you can apply.
Because a patented invention needs to be something "new" or "novel," a search of existing inventions (called a clearance or "prior art" search) can be helpful. You can get started by entering words to describe your invention into any of these three different patent databases: Google Patents, USPTO, and Espacenet. You can examine the results list to see existing inventions from around the world in your area of technology.