- The USPTO FY18 Acquisition Forecast
- The USPTO Acquisition Process
- Small Business Information
- Vendor Invoices
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Office of Procurement awards and administers a wide variety of contracts and simplified purchases for the acquisition of goods and services in support of the USPTO's mission. On this page you'll find information about the USPTO's acquisition process, information for small businesses, links to current acquisition opportunities at the USPTO, and additional information for the vendor community.
The USPTO Office of Procurement continually strives to remain on the leading edge of procurement innovation and current technology. The Office of Procurement uses the USPTO's unique Patent and Trademark Acquisition Guidelines (PTAG) to conduct acquisitions efficiently and in an innovative manner by using a variety of different contract vehicles. It is our goal to identify and utilize new techniques to develop partnerships with industry.
In striving to remain innovative, to the USPTO employs new procurement techniques and partners with industry whenever possible. In 1999, as part of the USPTO Efficiency Act, the USPTO was exempted from the Federal Property & Administrative Services Act (FPAS); the Competition in Contracting Act; and Part 6 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). To leverage this flexibility, a team was formed to research best practices and to draft new procurement guidelines and processes for use at the USPTO. The team's efforts lead to the adoption of the Patent and Trademark Office Acquisition Guidelines, commonly referred to as PTAG.
The PTAG, which became effective on March 10, 2003 (revised October 03, 2013), was adopted for use at the USPTO as an alternative, streamlined contracting approach. The implementation of the PTAG notwithstanding, the USPTO continues to follow the FAR as guidance in our acquisition decisions whenever it is appropriate to do so. Conducting procurements with PTAG-established flexibilities along with the FAR continues to ensure procurements are made fairly and in the best interests of the government. The PTAG guidance includes informing vendors of the rules, as well as compliance with applicable statutes, regulations, and executive orders. However, the PTAG has replaced FAR regulations for the conduct of competitions and competition thresholds.
Learn more about the PTAG:
- PTAG [.pdf]
- PTAG - Notice of PTAG Update, Federal Register /Vol. 78, No. 192 /Thursday, October 3, 2013 /Rules and Regulations [.pdf]
- PTAG - Federal Register Notice
The General Services Administration (GSA) has implemented a system for vendors doing business with the Federal Government to manage their entity information in one central location. This new database is the System for Award Management (SAM). The first phase of SAM became effective July 30, 2012, and incorporates capabilities of Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). All contractors/vendors doing business with or that would like to do business with the USPTO must have an active registration in SAM.
The USPTO is committed to working with small businesses. Requirements are identified early in the acquisition process to allow for consideration of small, small disadvantaged, woman-owned, Hub-Zone, Veteran (including Service Disabled Veteran), and 8(a) businesses. You can learn more about contracting with the USPTO by visiting our Small business vendors information page.
For questions on opportunities for small, small disadvantaged, woman-owned, Hub-Zone, Veteran (including Service Disabled Veteran), and 8A businesses at the USPTO, please email our Small Business Specialist and Industry Liaison.
Please refer to the Vendor Invoices FAQ for questions regarding submitting vendor invoices and receiving payments for submitted invoices.
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