Information moves you forward.
TCA provides counseling, connects creators to a network of partners, and provides information regarding protecting your ideas, inventions, and businesses.
Check out our videos and recent webinars for informative sessions!
Our glossary continues to grow, but contains many definitions and explanations that may help you in your journey.
Partners and Resources
New Mexico Small Business Development Center
The New Mexico Small Business Development Center is dedicated to helping you start up your business. To that end, here are a few useful links to their website:
- Information regarding funding for your business
- Information on starting a business in New Mexico
- Information on Workshops/Events at NMSBDC
The United States Patent and Trademarks Office
The United States Patent and Trademarks Office is the place to apply for a patent or a trademark.
The USPTO office has a tutorial and a hand out regarding patent searches. The seven step strategy is helpful when you complete an initial search. An initial database search can save the inventor time and money. If the idea has already been approved by the USPTO or Copyright Office, someone else already owns this intellectual property. If the idea is not found, you can continue with protecting your idea.
This initial search will help you learn a lot about your invention and other ideas, however, we do recommend having a patent attorney do a search for you.
Patent Search: Check if your idea has already been submitted!
Trademark Search: Check If your idea has already been submitted!
Information on USPTO’s Workshop/Events
The United States Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is the place to register a copyright, record a document, or search copyrights.
Information on the Copyright Office’s Events
USPTO has a ProBono Program for small businesses and independent inventors.