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

July 1, 2015

USPTO and JPO Announce Patent Cooperation Treaty Agreement

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) have implemented an agreement under which JPO will act as an available International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority…

June 18, 2015

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 4, 2015

USPTO to Host Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host an Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting Wednesday, July 8, 2015 on the Alexandria campus. Additive manufacturing, sometimes called "3D printing," refers to a group of new technologies…

May 21, 2015

USPTO and KIPO Sign Memorandum of Cooperation for Collaborative Search Pilot

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on May 20, 2015, to begin a bilateral Collaboration Search Pilot (CSP) program. The MOC, signed at a bilateral…