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Brief discussion of the differences between patents, trademarks and copyrights:
http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/basics/definitions.jsp

USPTO flow-chart illustrating the process for obtaining a utility patent in the U.S.:
http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/index.jsp

USPTO information concerning provisional patent applications:
http://www.uspto.gov/patents/resources/types/provisional_appRevised.pdf

USPTO Patents Dashboard — depicts current performance of the U.S. patent office and helps predict the length of U.S. patent application pendency:
http://www.uspto.gov/dashboards/patents/main.dashxml

USPTO description of the U.S. trademark registration process:
http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/process/index.jsp