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

June 28, 2016

We are hosting Patent & Trademark Seminar in San Antonio, Texas. This is part of our ongoing outreach to independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. During this conference, you will have the opportunity to learn all about the patenting and trademarking process as it relates to...

June 28, 2016

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit to participate remotely in the USPTO IP and 3D Printing Conference and hear some of the leading voices in the field of IP and 3D printing discuss IP law and policy in the context of this rapidly-evolving technology. 3D printing, or additive...

June 28, 2016

The Texas Regional Office will be hosting an interactive webcast presentation for Legal and Policy Considerations of Intellectual Property in 3D Printing. Hear some of the leading voices in the field explore IP law and policy issues surrounding this rapidly evolving technology. Speakers include...

June 28, 2016

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public conference on the legal and policy considerations of intellectual property (IP) in 3D printing on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a process of making...

June 28, 2016

The Rocky Mountain Regional Office will be hosting an interactive webcast presentation for Legal and Policy Considerations of Intellectual Property in 3D Printing. 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital model. It is used in the...

June 28, 2016

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public conference on the legal and policy considerations of intellectual property (IP) in 3D printing on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Please join the Silicon Valley USPTO in San Jose to participate...

June 29, 2016

The Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) effort is a joint partnership between the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) where the offices have agreed to harmonize their existing classification systems (European Classification (ECLA) and United...

June 29, 2016

Innovation is an essential component to meet the challenges of climate change. Better ways to produce, store, conserve, and transmit energy will help the U.S. and other nations meet the ambitious goals set at the United Nations climate change conference held in Paris in December 2015. Join the...

June 30, 2016

The Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical (BCP) Partnership provides a forum for our customers in these industry sectors to share ideas, experience, and insights with USPTO staff. The partnership meetings provide an informal conduit for all stakeholders to share insights and experiences to...

June 30, 2016

Come join the Rocky Mountain Innovation Community in celebrating the Second Anniversary of the opening of the the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office! Schedule: 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM: Arrival and networking (light appetizers and beverages) 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM: Second...

News & Updates

June 29, 2016

Teaming Up to Cure Cancer

Washington – Vice President Joe Biden and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new actions aimed at advancing President Obama’s call for a “Cancer Moonshot” to make “…America the country that cures cancer once and for all” at the…

June 15, 2016

USPTO To Expand Law School Clinic Certification Program

Washington – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it opened the current Law School Clinic Certification Program (Program) to admit additional schools to commence participation in the Program. This Program allows law students to practice patent and/or trademark law…

June 10, 2016

USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s 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…

June 9, 2016

USPTO to Host IP and 3D Printing Conference

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public conference on the legal and policy considerations of intellectual property (IP) in 3D printing on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at USPTO’s headquarters in Alexandria, Va. What:…

May 27, 2016

USPTO Seeking Comments On Proposed Trademark Fee Adjustments

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to set or increase certain trademark fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The proposed fees will allow…