Imaginative and Interesting: Intellectual Property Iconathon Results

October 13, 2015 – Blog Post

The following is a sampling of icons, available at the website https://thenounproject.com/USPTO/ , that were created at a workshop that involved the USPTO and the Noun Project.


The stated goal at http://www.uspto.gov/about-us/organizational-offices/office-under-secretary-and-director/intellectual-property-iconathon was “ to create a set of internationally recognizable icons that will help increase communication around intellectual property.”

The word equivalents provided for the above symbols are:

Utility Patent*Patent Pending*Plant Patent * Pro Se

Invention* Maker*Intellectual Property*Design Patent

Infringement*Trade Secret* Micro Entity Inventor*Service Mark

Counterfeit*Trademark*Stem*Pro Bono


The icons are imaginative and interesting. Are they sufficiently intuitive to be the communication tool hoped for?

will tell.