The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

January 22, 2018

Regional Director Molly Kocialski will be speaking about USPTO resources and programs for attorneys working in IP-intensive industries around the world. The presentation will take place at "International Issues in Intellectual Property: From Acquisitions to Utility," a conference hosted by the...

January 23, 2018

Activity Speaker PPAC is planning to have deliberative discussions regarding pre-decisional confidential information with respect to USPTO operations and personnel matters. Marylee Jenkins , PPAC Chairperson

January 23, 2018

As part of its Patents Education Curriculum, the Silicon Valley USPTO will host a two-hour workshop on patent searching. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners on the USPTO Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) which are publicly available at the regional office. A supervisory patent...

January 23, 2018

Molly Kocialski, Director of the USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office, will be presenting on the importance of intellectual property for every startup, small business, independent inventor and entrepreneur in the Eagles Nest meeting room of the Academic Center on the Colorado Mountain College...

January 23, 2018

IP for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Dallas County Community College District's Bill J. Priest Institute’s mission is to help small businesses grow revenue, increase jobs and contribute to the economic growth of Dallas County. Led by its Small Business Innovation Cultivator, the institute...

January 24, 2018

This program is designed for startups, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and incubators, and delivers valuable information about federal resources available to help you from falling prey to predatory practices and fraud. Engage with a panel of experts from across the federal government focused on...

January 24, 2018

Save the date for the sixth installment of the Navigating Through the Invention Process: From Idea to Product to Market series, "Finding the Right Funding - Part 3." In this session you will learn more about funding from a panel of various regional service providers that support start-ups and small...

January 25, 2018

This meeting has been organized by the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force . It follows up on earlier public meetings held by the Task Force in December 2013 , April 2015 , and December 2016 . Topics likely to be covered include: (1) initiatives to advance the digital content...

January 25, 2018

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office Outreach Assistant Regional Director, Alford Kindred, will be presenting to members of the South East Michigan Entrepreneurs Association at their Lunch and Learn. The presentation will include information about the services and resources the U.S. Patent...

January 25, 2018

This meeting has been organized by the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force . It follows up on earlier public meetings held by the Task Force in December 2013 , April 2015 , and December 2016 . Topics likely to be covered include: (1) initiatives to advance the digital content...

News & Updates

January 5, 2018 Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2018 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is the country's highest award for technological achievement and is presented by the President of the United…

November 14, 2017 USPTO Finalizes Revised Patent Fee Schedule

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a final rule, “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017” to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The…

November 6, 2017 Cooperation for an Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot with the JPO and KIPO

Washington  – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Joseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, participated in the signing…

November 6, 2017 Cooperation for an Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot with the JPO and KIPO

Washington  – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Joseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, participated in the signing…

November 3, 2017 USPTO Launches Two Year Diversion Pilot Program

Washington -The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is initiating a two-year Diversion Pilot Program for patent and trademark practitioners.  Implemented by the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), the program aligns USPTO with the practices of more…

March 8, 2017 Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for…

January 9, 2017 USPTO Announces New Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The Public Advisory…

December 12, 2016 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced Today, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which offers a blueprint for coordinating resources and…

Patent Quality Conference

Advancing Patent Quality Across the IP Community Keynote Speaker: Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office