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

October 16, 2018

The Silicon Valley USPTO is pleased to collaborate with the Silicon Valley PTAB Bar Association for their regional event at our West Coast regional office. This CLE program is designed for all practitioners, students, and others interested in patent prosecution and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (...

October 17, 2018

The 2018 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference will take place on October 17-19, 2018, at the Plano Marriott Legacy Town Center. This conference will focus on litigation issues unique to the Eastern District of Texas from both the bench and counsel perspectives. Under Secretary of Commerce...

October 17, 2018

Regional Director Molly Kocialski will address recent news and updates from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office during the Nebraska State Bar Association Annual Meeting. The theme for this years meeting is Framing the Past and Building the Future. Further information on the Nebraska State Bar...

October 17, 2018

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U. S. Patent and Trademark Office hosts an interactive rotating 3-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and patent searching every 3rd Wednesday of each month. Part 1 - Patent Process - October 17, 2018 Part 2 - Types of Patent Applications and...

October 17, 2018

Attend an interactive Q&A session with patent experts at the USPTO Texas Regional Office (TXRO). The TXRO will continue its 4-class curriculum on patents. Class 1 is an overview of intellectual property with a focus on patents, EFS-Web, and USPTO resources. Class 2 discusses key aspects of...

October 17, 2018

Do you have questions about patents, trademarks, and other ways to protect intellectual property? Come and meet West Coast Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Assistant Director Stephen Koziol as he leads a discussion on intellectual property (IP) strategies and why startups should...

October 18, 2018

Tema: “Como responder a las notificaciones durante el proceso de pre-examinación”. Fecha​ : El 18 de Octubre de 2018 ​Hora: 11:00 de la mañana hasta 12:00 del mediodía, ET Descripción: La serie de seminarios tipo chat cibernético de la Oficina de Patentes (PTO, por sus siglas en inglés) vuelven en...

October 18, 2018

Topic: "Responding to Pre-Examination Notices” The USPTO’s Inventor Info Chat webinar series continues on October 18, 2018 from 11 a.m. – noon ET with an informative discussion on " Responding to Pre-Examination Notices .” This program will be presented in Spanish. Presentation Overview...

October 18, 2018

Regional Director, Molly Kocialski will participate in a panel that will focus on how small businesses and entrepreneurs can identify and manage risks. Panelists from law, banking, accounting and more will share perspectives and best practices to safeguard from internal and external threats. The...

October 18, 2018

Bismarck Myrick , Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will join us to define implicit bias and discuss how to spot it and how to reduce its impact in the workplace. Mr. Myrick will also discuss the laws that...

News & Updates

August 22, 2018 USPTO Seeking Public Comments on Draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it is seeking comments on the draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The draft plan sets out the USPTO's mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and…

August 9, 2018 USPTO Announces 2018 Patents for Humanity Winners

WASHINGTON– The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an initiative promoting game-changing innovations to address…

July 27, 2018 USPTO Launches Anti-Counterfeiting Video Contest

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of an anti-counterfeiting video contest during the National Trademark Exposition. The “Consumers Combat Counterfeits" contest invites entrants to submit creative videos to help  raise awareness about…

June 20, 2018 USPTO Adds Additional Schools to Law School Clinic Certification Program

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that 20 new law schools have joined the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Program, and five currently participating law schools have added a second clinic program, during the 2016-2018 expansion. Eight law…

June 19, 2018 United States Issues Patent Number 10,000,000

WASHINGTON -  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued U.S. patent number 10 million. More than just a number, patent 10 million celebrates the rich history and strength of the American intellectual property system dating back to the first U.S. patent, signed 228 years…

May 15, 2018 USPTO Announces Recipients of 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate in recognition of individuals who help make the Patent Pro Bono Program available to financially under-resourced…

May 15, 2018 USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July…

May 9, 2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Keynote 2018 National Trademark Expo

WASHINGTON -  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.…