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

August 8, 2016

Dallas Area Paralegal Association (DAPA) IP Section is hosting a seminar at the Belo Mansion that will cover petitions filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Charles Kim, Acting Director of the Office of Petitions of the United States Patent & Trademark Office, will be the guest...

August 9, 2016

The USPTO Texas Regional Office will host a half-day seminar for IP attorneys and experienced pro se applicants . During this seminar, we will discuss application data sheets (ADS), oath and declarations along with hints and tips that will help aid applicants. We will also give an overview on...

August 9, 2016

Join the Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Trademark Assistance Center on August 9, 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...

August 9, 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...

August 13, 2016

The Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at Hawaii State Library will host a two-part intellectual property (IP) seminar featuring John Cabeca, Director of the West Coast Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Part 1: IP Strategy Is a Business Strategy Overview of Types of Intellectual...

August 17, 2016

Join the Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on August 17, 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...

August 18, 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...

August 19, 2016

Join the Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on August 19, 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...

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.…