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

May 10, 2016

Patents and Trademarks Get the Information You Need to Protect Your Intellectual Property A Free Seminar for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Educators and Legal Professionals featuring Speakers from the United States Patent and Trademark Office Cleveland Public Library Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium 525...

May 10, 2016

Join the Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Trademark Assistance Center on May 10, 2016 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. ET for a question and answer session on trademarks at the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan. The Trademark Assistance Center will provide information on...

May 10, 2016

Join the Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on May 18, 2016 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. for a presentation on patent searching held at the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan. A community outreach team member will provide general patent searching information, including an overview...

May 10, 2016

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center at the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. During this virtual meeting with the Assistance Center, participants will learn about the trademark registration process and be able...

May 19, 2016

Startups, innovators, and entrepreneurs are invited to attend a regional seminar in the Twin Cities on May 19, 2016 from 9:00 – 1:00 p.m. CT, being held at COCO Uptown in Minneapolis, MN Representatives from the Midwest Regional will be on hand to conduct a half-day workshop for innovators and...

May 19, 2016

The Silicon Valley USPTO is hosting its monthly patent brown bag lunch and learn session in its San Jose office, from noon to 1:00 p.m. A supervisory patent examiner will give an overview of the patent system and answer general patent questions during a live information session. This session is...

May 20, 2016

Join the Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on May 20, 2016 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET for an introduction to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets at the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan. After the presentation, there will be a tour of the Midwest Regional...

May 25, 2016

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its first Midwest Regional Seminar on May 25, 2016, at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City, MO. Representatives from the Midwest Regional Office and the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia will be on hand to...

June 3, 2016

The Silicon Valley USPTO serving the West Coast region will host an informational public tour from Noon to 1:00pm Pacific Time. Participants will tour the office and learn about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Learn about the patent and trademark process and the role it plays in innovation...

June 14, 2016

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center at the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. During this virtual meeting with the Assistance Center, participants will learn about the trademark registration process and be able...

News & Updates

May 11, 2016

David Ruschke Appointed Patent Trial and Appeal Board Chief Judge

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of David P. Ruschke as new Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Ruschke will begin his new role at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA, on May…

April 20, 2016

USPTO to Host Patent Quality Community Symposium

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a Patent Quality Community Symposium on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at USPTO’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia and across the agency’s regional offices in Dallas, Denver, Detroit…