About the Program

Upcoming Events

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...

News & Updates

May 27, 2016

USPTO Seeking Comments On Proposed Trademark Fee Adjustments

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to set or increase certain trademark fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The proposed fees will allow…

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…

January 27, 2016

USPTO Designates San Jose Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday announced the opening of a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library of the San Jose Public Library system located in San Jose,…

January 13, 2016

Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2016 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological…

December 7, 2015

USPTO Hosts Inaugural Industrial Design 5 Forum

Washington –The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted the inaugural Industrial Design 5 Forum (ID5) in Alexandria VA, December 3-4, 2015.  The forum consisted of representatives from the USPTO, the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean…

November 24, 2015

United States and Brazil Partner on Improved Patent Processing

Washington — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Brazil’s National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) agreed to establish a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. The pilot program will reduce patent workloads and further…

November 23, 2015

USPTO Launches New Global Dossier Service

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in furtherance of the Global Dossier Initiative  launched the first service for Global Dossier - Dossier Access  Friday, November 20. Dossier Access is a user-friendly online interface, which…

November 9, 2015

USPTO Opens Regional Office in Dallas, Texas

Washington – Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Michelle K. Lee, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the permanent location for the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark…