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

September 20, 2016

Join us at the USPTO Texas Regional Office for an Advanced Patent Seminar focused on various aspects of the patent process. The seminar will cover the required elements of a utility patent application, claim drafting, invention search and criteria for determining patentability of an invention...

September 20, 2016

The Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with other partners located across the Rocky Mountain region (see available locations below), will host quarterly interactive sessions with experts from the USPTO's Trademark Assistance Center (TAC), which is...

September 21, 2016

Las Cruces, NM Grand Opening of a New PTRC PTRC Public Training Program Patents and Trademarks 101: Get the Information You Need to Protect Your Intellectual Property A Free Public Seminar for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Educators, Students and Legal Professionals New Mexico State University Milton...

September 21, 2016

Join the Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on September 21, 2016 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. for a presentation on patent process and website navigation held at the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan. A community outreach team member will provide general patent process information...

September 28, 2016

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is continuing its efforts to expedite and improve the overall patent process. Accordingly, the USPTO is exploring how to best utilize available electronic resources to provide examiners with information (e.g., prior art, search reports, etc.)...

October 5, 2016

The two-hour seminar will review the considerations and options for filing foreign patent applications, including an overview of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the use of the Paris Convention for non-PCT countries. This seminar is intended for paralegals, patent attorneys/agents, and...

October 7, 2016

The Silicon Valley USPTO serving the West Coast region will host an informational public tour from noon to 1:00 PM Pacific Time. Participants will tour the office and learn about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the services and resources it provides to the public, famous inventors from the...

October 11, 2016

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) . During this virtual meeting with TAC, participants will learn about the trademark registration process and be able to ask questions of experts through our video teleconferencing...

October 13, 2016

NOTICE: This event has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 12:30-1:30 PM CT . This event was originally scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2016. Attend an interactive Q&A session with patent experts at the USPTO Texas Regional Office. Come and get an overview of intellectual...

October 20, 2016

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts a monthly patent brown bag lunch and learn session in its San Jose office from noon to 1:00 PM. 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 designed for...

News & Updates

Denver Opening Remarks

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Opening Ceremony for the Rocky Mountain Satellite Office Denver, Colorado June 30,…

June 19, 2014

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…

May 30, 2014

USPTO To Host IT Career Fair for Veterans

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a career fair for veterans with specialized IT experience on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. There are available positions in the…

May 30, 2014

USPTO Announces Denver Satellite Office to Open June 30

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that its permanent satellite office in Denver, Colorado, will officially open on June 30, 2014. Located in the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building in Denver's central business district, the…

February 27, 2014

USPTO Expands Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will open the current Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program to admit a limited number of additional schools to commence participation in the fall 2014 academic semester.…