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.

News & Updates

April 13, 2015

USPTO Announces Patents For Humanity Winners

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s 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 Obama administration initiative…

April 8, 2015

USPTO to Celebrate 225 Years of American Innovation

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will commemorate the 225th anniversary of the Patent Act by hosting a series of panel discussions at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday, April 10, 2015. Enacted on April 10, 1790,…

April 1, 2015

USPTO Appoints New Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Meryl Hershkowitz as Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations. In her new position, Hershkowitz will oversee the examination and processing of applications…

March 26, 2015

USPTO To Host Second Annual IT Career Fair For Veterans

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its second annual career fair for veterans with specialized IT experience in software development, software testing, IT project management, usability, database administration, SaaS, cloud…