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

Mar 2 - 4, 2021

Are you a small business owner? Learn how to work with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) at the National Small Business Federal Contracting Summit – Spring 2021 Virtual. The USPTO’s small business specialist and industry liaison will conduct business matchmaking and provide insights into...

Mar 4, 2021

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from USPTO experts about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovation as you transition from idea to product. The Midwest Regional USPTO offers this session for...

Mar 5, 2021

If you are an innovator, entrepreneur, or small business owner, do not miss your chance to learn about protecting your intellectual property on a reduced budget. Space is limited, so register early . Tom Cowan, co-chair of Licensing Executives Society (LES) San Diego Chapter and partner at...

Mar 9, 2021

Are you a recent or soon-to-be graduate interested in a career as a patent examiner? Attend our virtual career fair on March 9 at 2 p.m. ET to learn about entry-level patent examiner jobs, how to apply, and what makes the USPTO a great place to work. Register now for this free online event. College...

Mar 9, 2021

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this sixth module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we’ll focus on the overall trademark registration process...

Mar 16, 2021

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this seventh module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we’ll focus on what happens after registration,...

Mar 23, 2021

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this final module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we’ll provide a unique opportunity for you to “meet the...

Mar 24, 2021

Are you a patent practitioner looking for tips on conducting a successful examiner interview? Attend a webinar with the USPTO’s Midwest Regional Office on Wednesday, March 24 at noon ET to learn more about this process. This event is free, but space is limited, so register early The online session...

Mar 26, 2021

If you are an inventor, don't miss this session full of important tips on filing for a patent. Learn about common mistakes to avoid and gain a better understanding of post filing procedures and support. Slots are limited, so register early . For more information, please email siliconvalley@uspto.gov...

Mar 30, 2021

Are you an experienced trademark filer interested in learning more about United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) practices regarding specimens? Register now for the latest installment of the Trademarks Webinar Series on March 30 from 3-4:30 p.m. ET. and learn from our expert attorneys as...

News & Updates

USPTO year in review: Nearly 400 applications receive prioritized examination under USPTO’s historic COVID-19 relief programs

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) earlier this year launched the COVID-19 Prioritized Patent Examination Pilot Program and the COVID-19 Prioritized Trademark Examination Program . These programs enable the USPTO to grant requests for...

Update on paper patent file wrapper requests

As a result of a storage site consolidation, effective January 1, 2021, the fulfillment time for requests for paper patent file wrappers located in Suitland, Maryland, will increase slightly from 37 days to up to 47 days. Requests for file wrappers located at the National Archives Records...

USPTO and Cambodian IP office announce landmark worksharing agreement

Due to a landmark worksharing arrangement signed in October 2020 by Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and Senior Minister H.E. Kitti Settha Pandita CHAM Prasidh of the Cambodian Ministry of...

USPTO welcomes new interim Trademark Public Advisory Committee member

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomes Tricia McDermott Thompkins as a new interim member of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The interim appointment will be effective on October 30, 2020 and run through December 1, 2022. Ms. Thompkins serves as Executive Vice...

USPTO announces COVID-19 deferred-fee provisional patent application pilot program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a collaborative deferred-fee provisional patent application pilot program for inventions that combat COVID-19. The USPTO recognizes that its mission to issue high-quality patents to inventors goes hand-in-hand with dissemination...

USPTO releases updated study on participation of women in the U.S. innovation economy

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released “Progress and Potential: 2020 Update on U.S. Women Inventor-Patentees,” a follow-up to its 2019 report on U.S. women inventors. The new report updates the previous findings based on a review of an additional nearly one...

Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld appointed to a second five-year term

WASHINGTON—The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has reappointed Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld for a second five-year term. Commissioner Hirshfeld’s original term was set to expire this July. “I am pleased to reappoint...

USPTO announces Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced plans for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to begin accepting petitions for expedited resolution of ex parte appeals. The “Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program” launches July 2, 2020. The required petition fee is...

USPTO releases additional information on the COVID-19 Trademark Prioritized Examination Program

On June 15 , the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications, which allows COVID-19-related trademark applications to be advanced out of turn and immediately assigned for examination....

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 Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 31, 2020...