Have you invented something wonderful? Do you want the world to know that you were the first one who created that wonderful thing? Do you want to start a small business to sell your invention, or some other wonderful thing? If so, a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) may be able to help you learn about owning and registering those types of intellectual property:
you file a new application, you'll want to search the existing patents
and trademarks to make sure no one else has already claimed or
registered the same thing. PTRCs can help you do that. Sadly, being
the second or third person to invent the telephone isn't nearly as
exciting as being the first.