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Office of the Chief Communications Officer

The Office of the Chief Communications Officer manages the USPTO's public affairs function and coordinates a wide variety of internal and external communications.

Press and Media Relations

The office facilitates media interviews with senior agency officials and writes and distributes press releases and media advisories. It also ensures broad distribution of up-to-date and accurate information about the USPTO and intellectual property protection by proactively pitching news stories, profiles, and opinion editorial pieces to media outlets through the country and through common social media channels. 

To receive news and updates by email from the USPTO, visit our Subscription Center.

For all media inquiries, contact the Office of the Chief Communications Officer main phone line at 571-272-8400.

Special Events

The office produces special events and ceremonies that celebrate milestones and accomplishments at the USPTO.  

Speech Requests/Speaking Engagements

All requests for speakers are to be submitted through this speaking request form.


The office is also responsible for the production of USPTO publications and works closely with the Chief Financial Officer on the annual Performance and Accountability Report.


All requests for photos related to the USPTO are to be referred to


Under the supervision of the office, The National Inventors Hall of Fame manages the USPTO museum and store. The museum is closed for renovation until May 2014. The museum store will remain open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store will be closed on Sundays, Mondays, and federal holidays. For more information, contact Thad Parsons at 571-272-0095.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame

The office works closely with the National Inventors Hall of Fame on a number of educational outreach and inventor recognition programs. These include Camp Invention, the Collegiate Inventors Competition, the annual induction ceremony and an Ad Council campaign to encourage young people to be inventive and creative. To learn more about these programs visit the National Inventors Hall of Fame website.

Intellectual Property Curriculum

The USPTO launched a dynamic curriculum that inspires students to be creative and teaches them about the value of patents, trademarks, and copyrights, as well as the importance of respecting other’s intellectual property. The i-©®eaTM curriculum, developed by the USPTO in collaboration with i-SAFE—a leader in Internet safety education—is an interactive and age appropriate unit of instruction designed for upper-elementary, middle, and high school students.

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