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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo to Chair Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2)

In Oct. 2021, United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced her new role as Chair of the re-branded Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2).

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Commerce Department seeks nominations for National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee 

Nominations will be accepted until October 25 at 5 p.m. ET.

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Deadline for submission of comments on patent eligibility jurisprudence extended to October 15

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has extended the deadline for submitting comments on the state of patent eligibility jurisprudence, and its effect on investment and innovation in the United States, to October 15, 2021. The comments will assist the USPTO in preparing a report…

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David Berdan to perform functions and duties of Deputy Director

Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that starting Monday, David L. Berdan will be performing the functions and duties of the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO, following the news that Coke Stewart will be…

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Coke Stewart, performing the functions and duties of Deputy Director, to join law school faculty

Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that Coke Stewart, performing the functions and duties of the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO, will be departing the USPTO to join the faculty at the Regent University…

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Featured USPTO Leadership Speaking Engagements Look Ahead

Wednesday, August 18 (1-2 p.m. ET) Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO USPTO’s 2021 Bronze Medal Award virtual ceremony Opening remarks Wednesday, August 18 (3:45-4:30 p.m. ET) Drew Hirshfeld...

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Featured USPTO Leadership Speaking Engagements Look Ahead

Wednesday, August 18 (1-2 p.m. ET) Coke Stewart, performing the functions and duties of the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO USPTO’s 2021 Bronze Medal Award virtual ceremony Opening remarks Wednesday, August 18 (3:45-4:30 p.m. ET) Coke...

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Featured USPTO Leadership Speaking Engagements Look Ahead

Thursday, August 5 (1-2 p.m. ET) Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Coke Stewart, performing the functions and duties of the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and…

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Featured USPTO Leadership Speaking Engagements Look Ahead

Tuesday, July 27 (1-2 p.m. ET) Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Coke Stewart, performing the functions and duties of the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy…

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Featured USPTO Leadership Speaking Engagements Look Ahead

Tuesday, July 27 (1-2 p.m. ET) Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Coke Stewart, performing the functions and duties of the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy…

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Featured USPTO Leadership Speaking Engagements Look Ahead

Thursday, July 15 (noon-1:30 p.m. ET) Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO IPW Webinar: A conversation with the Commissioner of the USPTO Fireside chat, USPTO initiatives and happenings For more...

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Public comment sought on the current state of patent eligibility jurisprudence and its effect on investment and innovation

The USPTO seeks comments from the public regarding the impact of patent eligibility jurisprudence in the United States since the Supreme Court’s 2016 decisions in Mayo and Alice and subsequent Federal Circuit decisions applying the Supreme Court’s legal framework

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Updated Patent Datasets now available

The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Office of the Chief Economist released 2020 updates for two research datasets, the Patent Assignment Dataset and the Patent Examination Research Dataset (PatEx). The Patent Assignment Dataset now contains detailed information on 8.97 million...

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USPTO releases new Artificial Intelligence Patent Dataset

The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Office of the Chief Economist released the Artificial Intelligence Patent Dataset (AIPD)—identifying which of the 13.2 million United States patents and pre-grant publications include artificial intelligence (AI)—to help enable researchers...

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One week remains in the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees nomination period

Nomination submissions to fill upcoming vacancies in both the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees are due on or before July 9.

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USPTO issues information on implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Arthrex, Inc.

Learn more about the USPTO's response to the recent Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Arthrex, Inc. at the PTAB Boardside Chat on Thursday, July 1.

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Featured USPTO Leadership Speaking Engagements Look Ahead

Tuesday, June 29 (1-3:30 p.m. ET) Frederick Steckler, Chief Administrative Officer (OCAO) Peter Fowler, Senior Counsel for Enforcement (OPIA) Proud Innovation – Learn from LGBTQ+ innovators Various roles, celebrating the contributions of LGBTQ+ innovators For more information and to register, visit…

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Nomination period for Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees closing soon

Submissions to fill upcoming vacancies on both committees are due by July 9.

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Featured USPTO Leadership Speaking Engagements Look Ahead

Monday-Wednesday, June 21–23 (7-9 a.m. ET, each day) Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Coke Stewart, performing the functions and duties of the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for…

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Featured USPTO Leadership Speaking Engagements Look Ahead

Monday, June 14 (1-1:05 p.m. ET) David Gooder, Commissioner for Trademarks Final roundtable on the notice of proposed rulemaking on the Trademark Modernization Act (TMA) Opening remarks, TMA updates For more information or to join the event, visit the TMA roundtable event page. Thursday, June 17 (…

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Featured USPTO Leadership Speaking Engagements Look Ahead

Friday, June 11 (3-4 p.m. ET) David Gooder, Commissioner for Trademarks Trademarks and the Games: A fireside chat about intellectual property and the Olympics Fireside chat, the role of trademarks in the Olympic Games For more information and to register, visit the Trademarks and the Games event...

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USPTO to expand Law School Clinic Certification Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is extending the submission deadline for expanding its Law School Clinic Certification Program by admitting additional schools into the program. Founded in 2008, the program currently includes 60 law school clinics and offers patent and…

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Featured USPTO Leadership Speaking Engagements for the week of May 24

Tuesday, May 25 (10:15-11 a.m. ET) Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM): Legal Town Hall Fireside chat, current USPTO programs and trends For more...

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USPTO announces recipients of the 2020 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2020 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate, which recognizes individuals and law firms that assist financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses seeking patents. Established under…

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USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) seeks nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on the Patent Public Advisory Committee and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee. Please submit nominations electronically on or before July 9, 2021. Submission details are available in the Federal…

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USPTO statement on the passing of John Doll

We are saddened to hear of the recent passing of John Doll, a 35-year veteran of the USPTO who rose through our ranks from being a patent examiner in 1974 to Commissioner for Patents, and Acting Director of the USPTO. John was a dynamic individual who promoted a close dialog between inventors and...

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Latest update to the USPTO Trademark Assignment Dataset released

The 2020 update to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Trademark Assignment Dataset is now available to the public for free download. The USPTO records assignments of trademark applications and registrations, and other supporting documentation, to maintain a complete history of...

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Latest update to the USPTO Trademark Case Files Dataset released

The Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released the 2020 update to its Trademark Case Files Dataset. This dataset contains detailed information on 10.8 million trademark applications filed with, or registrations issued by, the USPTO...

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TTAB introduces additional programs for COVID-related applications

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in view of the critical need to develop and help speed to market medical products and services to combat COVID-19, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) initiated the COVID-19 Prioritized Trademark Examination Program in June of 2020. To...

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USPTO updates China IPR toolkit

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently updated the China Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) toolkit to reflect the recent changes made to China’s intellectual property (IP)-related laws and government structure. Originally published in October 2019, the toolkit provides...

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Featured USPTO Leadership Speaking Engagements for the week of May 17

Tuesday, May 18 (noon to 1 p.m. ET) Scott Boalick, Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) PTAB First Anniversary Celebration of the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) Opening remarks For more information and to register, visit the LEAP first anniversary event page...

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USPTO issues patent number 11,000,000

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today officially issued U.S. patent number 11 million, recognizing an important milestone in American innovation and ingenuity. “This momentous benchmark is a reminder of the remarkable and enduring tradition of American innovation…

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Featured USPTO Leadership Speaking Engagements for the week of May 10

Tuesday, May 11 (10-11 a.m. ET) Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Washington State Bar Association-IP Section 26th Annual IP Institute Fireside chat, current USPTO programs and priorities For...

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USPTO hiring hundreds of new patent examiners 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking soon-to-be graduates and professionals with backgrounds in graphic design/art, as well as engineers with backgrounds in biomedical, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering to apply for hundreds of entry-level patent examiner…

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Nominations sought for prestigious National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2021 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement and is presented to recipients by the President of the United States at a...

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A Proclamation on World Intellectual Property Day, 2021

On April 23, President Joseph R. Biden issued a proclamation for World IP Day.

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USPTO announces winners of the 2021 National Patent Drafting Competition

Top teams determined during the national competition

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COVID fast-track appeals pilot program

On April 14, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) will soon accept petitions for expedited resolution of ex parte appeals for COVID-related inventions. There is no cost for appeals related to COVID-19 in this pilot program,…

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USPTO announces special Patents for Humanity COVID-19 category

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will be launching a special category of its Patents for Humanity Program for inventions that address the COVID-19 pandemic. This new award category will provide business incentives for patent applicants...

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce event "How innovation and creativity drive American competitiveness"

Remarks delivered at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu January 19, 2021 Virtual As Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Frank, for that incredibly generous introduction. Thank you also to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Global Innovation Policy…

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USPTO hosts first NCEAI Innovation Chat

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted its first National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI) Innovation Chat on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. The virtual event featured a discussion on the importance of a more diverse innovation ecosystem between Andrei Iancu,…

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USPTO report examines the impact of Chinese government subsidies and other non-market factors on the recent rise in patent and trademark filings in China

New report discusses how high rate of Chinese patent and trademark filings may be influenced by government subsidies and other non-market factors.

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USPTO year in review: New search tool, shorter examination times, and unexpected higher filing volume among highlights of 2020 for Patents and Trademarks

In an unprecedented year, both the Patents and Trademarks organizations worked tirelessly to ensure that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continued to improve its services for the innovation community. Improved Patent Examinations Patents continued its focus on improving the...

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USPTO year in review: In March, USPTO transitions 13,000 employees to remote work without missing a beat

After the intensive IT stabilization and modernization efforts of the past two years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was well prepared when the agency’s physical offices closed in March due to the pandemic. The USPTO transitioned seamlessly to mandatory telework, despite...

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USPTO year in review: Nearly 400 applications receive prioritized examination under USPTO’s historic COVID-19 relief programs

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) earlier this year launched the COVID-19 Prioritized Patent Examination Pilot Program and the COVID-19 Prioritized Trademark Examination Program. These programs enable the USPTO to grant requests for...

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center's 14th Annual USPTO IP Attaché Roundtable

Remarks delivered at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center's 14th Annual USPTO IP Attaché Roundtable Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu December 15, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Ray (Kerins), for the wonderful introduction. Thank…

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of December 14

Monday, December 14 (9-10 a.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu IP Attaché Consultations Opening remarks Tuesday, December 15 (8:30-9 a.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu 14th Annual Global Intellectual Property Center/IP Attaché Roundtable Opening remarks Wednesday, December 16 (9-9:30 a.m. ET)...

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Design Law 2020 Symposium

Remarks delivered at the Design Law 2020 Symposium Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu December 10, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Tracy Durkin and Rob Katz, for organizing today’s symposium, and for your dedication to improving our system of design...

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Four USPTO intellectual property attachés elevated to rank of “Counselor”

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that four of its intellectual property (IP) attachés have been elevated to the diplomatic rank of “Counselor” at the U.S. embassies and missions where they serve. “The USPTO prides itself on working with foreign...

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the IPO Education Foundation event “How IP Accelerates Innovation”

Remarks delivered at the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Education Foundation event "How IP Accelerates Innovation" Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu December 8, 2020 Pre-recorded video As prepared for delivery Thank you, Dave, for organizing this session, and thank...

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the AI and Patent Data Workshop

Remarks delivered at the AI and Patent Data Workshop Hosted by Carnegie Mellon University Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter December 9, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Hello everyone, and thank you, Dean Alderucci for that kind introduction, and thank you to…

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Mary Critharis appointed Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Mary Critharis as its new Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs. Ms. Critharis had been serving as the Acting Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs since…

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USPTO and Mexican Institute of Industrial Property announce launch of Parallel Patent Grant Initiative

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) today announced the launch of the Parallel Patent Grant (PPG) initiative. Under this new worksharing arrangement, IMPI will expedite the grant of a Mexican patent for…

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of December 7

Tuesday, December 8 (7-9 a.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Trilateral (USPTO, Japan Patent Office, European Patent Office) Meeting Role of the Trilateral Offices Tuesday, December 8 (1:45-2:45 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Washington State University faculty and students Expanding…

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USPTO announces new Public Advisory Committee members

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomes two new members of the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), Judge Susan Braden and Daniel Brown, and three new members of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC), David Cho, Tracy Deutmeyer, and Jomarie Fredericks...

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United States’ Lisa Jorgenson appointed WIPO Deputy Director General for Patents and Technology

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) congratulates Lisa Jorgenson of the United States on her appointment as World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Deputy Director General (DDG) for the Patents and Technology Sector. She will succeed John Sandage in the role...

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the India Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony

Remarks delivered at the India Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu December 2, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Your Excellency, Secretary Mohapatra, it is an honor to be with you today. Thank you for your wonderful...

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USPTO and India’s central IP department agree to cooperate on IP examination and protection

At a virtual ceremony on December 2, Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and Secretary Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra of India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department for Promotion of Industry...

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Update on paper patent file wrapper requests

As a result of a storage site consolidation, effective January 1, 2021, the fulfillment time for requests for paper patent file wrappers located in Suitland, Maryland, will increase slightly from 37 days to up to 47 days. Requests for file wrappers located at the National Archives Records...

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USPTO directs customers to online portal for patent and trademark copy requests

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) encourages customers to submit requests for copies of certified and uncertified patents and trademarks using the Certified Copy Center (CCC) storefront on the USPTO website. Beginning January 1, 2021, the USPTO will direct all email and fax...

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of November 30

Tuesday, December 1 (3-4:20 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Rutgers University faculty and students Expanding American innovation Wednesday, December 2 (6-7 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu University of Illinois at Chicago faculty and students Expanding American innovation Thursday...

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USPTO and Cambodian IP office announce landmark worksharing agreement

New arrangement makes it easier and faster to obtain a patent in Cambodia

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the 44th Session of the Administrative Council of ARIPO

Remarks delivered at the 44th Session of the Administrative Council of ARIPO Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu November 16, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Hello everyone, and thank you for inviting me to be part of the 44th Session of the Administrative Council of…

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of November 16

Monday, November 16 (7-9 a.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Trilateral (USPTO, Japan Patent Office, European Patent Office) Meeting Impact of COVID and a new vision and framework for Trilateral Cooperation Monday, November 16 (11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Southern University…

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David Berdan appointed General Counsel of the USPTO

The USPTO today announced the appointment of David L. Berdan as its new General Counsel

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of November 9

Monday, November 9 (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, USPTO Deputy Director Laura Peter Texas Regional USPTO (TXRO) 5-Year Anniversary Opening remarks, interview award recipient Monday, November 9 (1-2 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu University of Connecticut faculty…

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the Trademark Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting

Remarks delivered at the Trademark Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter October 30, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Director Iancu, for those remarks, and thank you especially for your inspired leadership...

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders event “The Future of Business”

Remarks delivered at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders event “The Future of Business” Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter October 27, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Good afternoon everyone, and thank you Jan-Ie (Low), for the…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the TPAC quarterly meeting

Remarks delivered at the TPAC quarterly meeting Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu October 30, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to the third all-virtual Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) public session. Thank you for the…

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of November 2

Monday, November 2 (11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Nebraska University (NUtech Ventures) University faculty and students Expanding American innovation Monday, November 2 (4:30-5:30 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Emory and Georgia Tech University faculty and students...

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the ID5 Annual Meeting

Remarks delivered at the ID5 Annual Meeting Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu October 15, 2020 (Recorded) October 29, 2020 (Broadcast) As prepared for delivery Hello, fellow representatives from the EUIPO, JPO, KIPO, CNIPA and WIPO. I wish I could have welcomed you in...

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USPTO welcomes new interim Trademark Public Advisory Committee member

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomes Tricia McDermott Thompkins as a new interim member of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The interim appointment will be effective on October 30, 2020 and run through December 1, 2022. Ms. Thompkins serves as Executive Vice…

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New benchmark USPTO study finds artificial intelligence in U.S. patents rose by more than 100% since 2002

An unprecedented 42% of all USPTO technology subclasses now contain AI patents.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Global IP Challenges Forum

Global IP Challenges Forum Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu October 26, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Your Excellency, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Suwailem, for your kind introduction. And thank you for your vision to organize and host this historic IP20 meeting…

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of October 26

Monday, October 26, (6-6:30 a.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu 2020 TM5 (Trademark 5) Annual Meeting – TM5 consists of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)...

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of October 19

Monday, October 19, (2 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Rogers State University faculty and students - Expanding American Innovation Monday, October 19, (5-6 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu University of Pennsylvania School of Law faculty and students - Expanding American Innovation…

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Mary Critharis appointed USPTO’s Acting Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs

Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that Mary Critharis has been appointed the USPTO’s Acting Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs. Ms. Critharis first joined the USPTO as a patent examiner in 1992 before progressing to Assistant Solicitor…

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USPTO Director and Deputy Director Speaking Engagements for the week of October 12

All events to be held in a virtual format. Tuesday, October 13, (8-10 a.m. ET) Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, will attend the AIPPI World Congress, at which he will participate in a two-hour moderated, interactive conversation between…

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USPTO releases report on artificial intelligence and intellectual property policy

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released a report titled “Public Views on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Policy.” It takes a comprehensive look at a wide variety of stakeholder views on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) across the…

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USPTO celebrates Made in America Week by highlighting great American inventions

The USPTO celebrates "Made In America Week" with invention highlights on its social media channels

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund Patent Event

“The Reliable IP Side of Dynamic Competition” Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter September 30, 2020 Washington, D.C. As prepared for delivery Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you, Rebekah (Gantner) for the gracious introduction. I am especially happy to be here…

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USPTO Director Andrei Iancu celebrates famed inventor Marian Croak at presentation to U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Director Iancu unveils Marian Croak’s addition to the USPTO inventor card series while delivering keynote at U.S. Chamber of Commerce event promoting equal opportunity in the innovation ecosystem.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Equality of Opportunity in the Innovation Economy Conference

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Equality of Opportunity in the Innovation Economy Conference Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu October 1, 2020 Pre-recorded video As prepared for delivery Thank you, David, for that kind introduction and for inviting me to speak at this timely…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the PTAB Bar Association Annual Meeting

PTAB Bar Association Annual Meeting Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu September 24, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Naveen, for the kind introduction. Thank you to the PTAB Bar Association for bringing us together over the digital networks, made possible…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at Promoting Innovation in the Life Sciences and Supporting Pro-Competitive Collaborations: The Role of Intellectual Property

Promoting Innovation in the Life Sciences and Supporting Pro-Competitive Collaborations: The Role of Intellectual Property Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu September 23, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Nyeemah, for the very kind introduction, and for...

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Intellectual Property Owners Association's 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

The Intellectual Property Owners Association's (IPO) 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu September 15, 2020 Pre-recorded video As delivered Hello, and thank you, IPO, for bringing us together. I wish we could be meeting in person as in years…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the 61st Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO

The 61st Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu September 15, 2020 Pre-recorded video As delivered Thank you, Chair. The United States is pleased to see you chairing the General Assembly. We are confident that…

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Shira Perlmutter, USPTO Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, appointed Register of Copyrights

Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) shared the news that Shira Perlmutter, the USPTO’s Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, has been selected by the Librarian of Congress to serve as the 14th Register of Copyrights.

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USPTO announces COVID-19 deferred-fee provisional patent application pilot program

Pilot program to promote collaborative information sharing for inventions that combat COVID-19.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Inaugural Meeting of the National Council for Expanding American Innovation

Inaugural Meeting of the National Council for Expanding American Innovation Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu September 14, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Laura, for the kind introduction and for your leadership at the USPTO. Thank you in particular for…

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USPTO launches National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI)

Council will help develop a national strategy to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in innovation.

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USPTO to host inaugural meeting of the National Council for Expanding American Innovation

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the inaugural meeting for the National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI) on Monday, September 14, 2020. The goal of the NCEAI is to work with the USPTO in developing a comprehensive national innovation...

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Remarks by Director Iancu at IP Week – Accelerating Innovation, Recovery, and Growth in the COVID-19 Era

Keynote IP Leaders Panel: Accelerating Innovation, Recovery, and Growth in the COVID-19 Era Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu August 26, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Dawn! It’s great to be back with all of you for IP Week. It is an honor to be on the…

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USPTO announces 2020 Patents for Humanity winners

Program recognizes innovators who use game-changing technology to meet global humanitarian challenges.

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Invention-Con 2020 is underway

This annual event features three days of high-intensity innovation and intellectual property (IP) training from 40 of America’s top IP experts.

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Director Andrei Iancu addresses National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) on combating counterfeit products

Address comes as NAM releases white paper “Countering Counterfeits: The Real Threat of Fake Products”

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Remarks by Director Iancu at Fighting Counterfeits in a Pandemic: The Impact and Solutions for Manufacturers

Remarks delivered at Fighting Counterfeits in a Pandemic: The Impact and Solutions for Manufacturers Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu July 23, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Good morning, and thank you for inviting me to talk with you on the important topic of...

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USPTO releases updated study on participation of women in the U.S. innovation economy

Study finds the number of women entering and staying active in the patent system is at an all-time high

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Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld appointed to a second five-year term

Hirshfeld will continue leading the agency’s largest and most complex business unit

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USPTO announces Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program

PTAB to begin accepting petitions to accelerate resolution of certain ex parte appeals.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at EurekaFest 2020

Remarks delivered at EurekaFest 2020 Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu June 17, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Stephanie. Congratulations, inventors! I am so impressed by what I’ve seen today from both the Student Prize winners and the InvenTeams. I’d...

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USPTO releases additional information on the COVID-19 Trademark Prioritized Examination Program

Additional information on the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications is now available.

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USPTO extends certain CARES Act relief for small and micro entities

The USPTO has extended from July 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020, the time for small and micro entities to pay certain patent-related fees that would otherwise have been due on or after March 27, 2020.

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USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 31,…

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USPTO announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications

USPTO to accept petitions to advance the initial examination of applications for marks used to identify qualifying COVID-19 medical products and services.

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USPTO announces relief to restore priority or benefit rights for patent applicants

USPTO extends the time period for petitioning for certain rights of priority or benefit in a patent application and waives the associated petition fee.

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USPTO launches COVID-19 Response Resource Center

USPTO launches COVID-19 Response Resource Center as central hub for USPTO initiatives, programs, and other important IP-related information regarding the ongoing outbreak.

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Joint message from the USPTO and the JPO: For the future of innovation

USPTO and the JPO are committed to working together to incentivize innovations that can help overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

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USPTO to allow filing of initial patent term extension applications via patent electronic filing systems in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Patentees will be permitted to file initial patent term extension applications that meet certain criteria via EFS-Web or Patent Center

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the Conrad Virtual Innovation Summit

Remarks delivered at the Conrad Virtual Innovation Summit Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter May 27, 2020 Pre-recorded video As delivered Hello everyone! And thank you, Nancy, and the entire Conrad Foundation, for hosting this inspirational summit. I’m Deputy...

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USPTO grants further relief for certain trademark-related fees and deadlines

Under the CARES Act authority and its existing authority in Trademark and TTAB matters, the USPTO will direct relief to those who need it on a case-by-case basis, as described in the official notice.

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USPTO grants further relief for certain patent-related fees and deadlines

As stakeholders continue to navigate the effects of the pandemic in various ways, and as more and more of them are resuming operations, the USPTO will again extend certain deadlines.

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USPTO releases additional information on the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

New website offers additional resources and information to help small and micro entities “fast track” COVID-19-related patent applications

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Remarks by Director Iancu at Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

Remarks delivered at the Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu May 7, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Julie, and good morning, everyone. This is our first all-virtual PPAC public meeting, and—despite this…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at Trademark Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

Remarks delivered at the Trademark Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu April 17, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Elisabeth, and good afternoon, everyone. I believe this is our first all-virtual TPAC public…

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USPTO announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program for small and micro entities

New pilot program will prioritize examination of patent applications related to COVID-19

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USPTO to allow filing of plant patent applications and correspondence via patent electronic filing systems in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Online filing of plant patent applications allowed until further notice

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Statement from Director Andrei Iancu on the loss of former USPTO Director Q. Todd Dickinson

The USPTO mourns the loss of The Honorable Q. Todd Dickinson, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO.

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Petition decision: Inventorship limited to natural persons

The USPTO has published a petition decision explaining that, under current law, only natural persons may be named as an inventor in a patent application.

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USPTO launches platform to facilitate connections between patent holders and potential licensees in key technologies

Initial release focuses on COVID-19–related technologies

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Responding to COVID-19: A joint message of support for inventors from the USPTO and EPO

Assistance available for the innovation community in Europe and the U.S. through time extensions, fee deadlines, and flexibility on hearings

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USPTO extends certain patent and trademark deadlines to June 1

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced further extensions to the time allowed to file certain patent and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees. These actions are an exercise of temporary authority provided to the USPTO by the Coronavirus Aid,…

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Proclamation on World Intellectual Property Day, 2020

President Donald J. Trump proclaims World IP Day

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Remarks by Director Iancu at A Virtual Holocaust Remembrance Program

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Alexandria, Virginia at Hope in Uncertain Times: A Virtual Holocaust Remembrance Program on April 23, 2020

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USPTO releases report on patent examination outcomes after the Supreme Court’s Alice decision

Report finds that USPTO’s Section 101 guidance brings greater predictability and certainty to the technology areas most affected by the Supreme Court’s Alice decision

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USPTO announces winners of the National Patent Drafting Competition

Top three teams determined during the national competition

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Patent Center Beta now available

New tool features the ability to submit a single DOCX document

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USPTO announces recipients of the 2019 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

In 2019, more than 74 volunteer patent practitioners reported 50 or more hours of patent pro bono service to a regional patent pro bono program, and more than 27 law firms reported 100 or more hours.

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USPTO answers frequently asked questions on CARES Act relief

The USPTO has released FAQs and answers for filers regarding the extension of certain patent and trademark-related timing deadlines under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

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USPTO to expand Law School Clinic Certification Program

Program accepting law school clinic submissions through May 31, 2021.

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USPTO announces extension of certain patent and trademark-related timing deadlines under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will use provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), to extend the time to file certain patent and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees.

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Statement from Director Andrei Iancu on the loss of The Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff

The USPTO mourns the loss of The Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks.

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USPTO waives original handwritten signature requirement

The USPTO is waiving the requirements of 37 CFR 1.4(e)(1) and (2) for an original handwritten signature.

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USPTO posts responses from Requests for Comments on Artificial Intelligence

The USPTO has a page for artificial intelligence information on its website.

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Relief for USPTO customers affected by COVID-19

The USPTO is waiving petition fees in certain situations for customers impacted by the coronavirus.

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USPTO offices closed to the public

All USPTO offices will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice.

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USPTO update on in-person meetings

In-person meetings with parties and stakeholders at USPTO offices will be conducted remotely by video or telephone.

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Statement by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross and USPTO Director Andrei Iancu on the Election of Daren Tang as WIPO Director General

The Department of Commerce and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office congratulate Daren Tang, Singapore’s Chief Executive of Intellectual Property, on his election to the post of Director General for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the Annual Kickoff to Women’s History Month: Valiant Women of Yesterday and Today

Remarks delivered at the Annual Kickoff to Women’s History Month: Valiant Women of Yesterday and Today Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter March 3, 2020 Alexandria, Virginia As prepared for delivery Good morning everyone, and thank you, Bismarck for your kind...

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USPTO Patent Assignment Dataset with 2019 data files now available

Full data files from 1970 to 2019 are now available to the public for free download.

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USPTO hiring hundreds of new examiners in 2020

Two job fairs hosted by the agency in February 2020 will give engineers a chance to learn more about the duties and requirements for becoming a patent examiner. Job fairs will take place in Alexandria, Virginia, and Atlanta.

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David Gooder appointed USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has appointed David Gooder to be the new Commissioner for Trademarks. As Commissioner, Gooder will be responsible for oversight of all aspects of the USPTO’s Trademarks...

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Signing Ceremony for the USPTO-IMPI Work-Sharing Agreement

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu discusses the work-sharing agreement intended to increase innovation cooperation between the United States and Mexico.

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at Trust, But Verify: Informational Challenges Surrounding AI-Enabled Clinical Decision Software

Remarks delivered at Trust, But Verify: Informational Challenges Surrounding AI-Enabled Clinical Decision Software Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter January 23, 2020 Washington, D.C. As prepared for delivery Good afternoon! And thank you, Arti, for your warm…

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USPTO and Mexican Institute of Industrial Property launch new worksharing arrangement

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) agreed to launch a new worksharing arrangement that will accelerate the process of obtaining a patent in Mexico for businesses and individuals already in possession of a corresponding U.S.…

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USPTO welcomes new Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committee members

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC).

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Nominations sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The nomination period has been extended until May 1 for the country's highest award for technological achievement.

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Patent litigation data through 2016 now available

This reliable, free, and publicly accessible dataset now contains detailed patent litigation data on more than 81,000 unique district court cases filed between 1963 and 2016.

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Jay Hoffman appointed USPTO chief financial officer

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Jay Hoffman as the agency’s chief financial officer (CFO). Hoffman’s first full day in his new role will be Monday, January 6, 2020. As CFO, Hoffman will oversee an annual budget exceeding $3...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases policy statement on standards-essential patents subject to voluntary F/RAND commitments

This policy statement makes clear that standards-essential patents (SEPs) should be treated no differently than any other patent, such that all remedies are available depending on the facts of a case.

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National Patent Application Drafting Competition sign-up extended to Jan. 14

Competitors can now sign up for the 2020 National Patent Application Drafting Competition until noon ET on January 14, 2020.

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U.S. and Brazil implement expanded PPH agreement

The USPTO and Brazil’s National Institute for Industrial Property implemented a new Patent Prosecution Highway agreement allowing for applications for more industries and higher annual caps.

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Consolidated Trial Practice Guide, November 2019

In November 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a second edition of the America Invents Act (AIA) Trial Practice Guide (Practice Guide) to incorporate the Practice Guide updates released in August 2018 and July 2019 into the original August 2012 Practice Guide. The second…

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Securing USPTO online access

Earlier this year, Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison reported to the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary that “the USPTO is aggressively taking steps to combat the various threats to our trademark system.” In a recent blog...

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Safeguarding attorney information from improper use in trademark filings

We recommend that attorneys proactively monitor our database for trademark filings that use their names, signatures, and contact information without their knowledge or consent.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at St. Louis Start-Up Week

Remarks by Director Iancu at St. Louis Start-Up Week November 4, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the European Patent Office (EPO) Patent Information Conference

Remarks delivered by Director Andrei Iancu at the EPO Patent Information Conference in Bucharest, Romania on October 29, 2019.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the 24th Annual North American/Central Europe Airport Issues Conference

Remarks delivered by Director Andrei Iancu at the 24th Annual North American/Central Europe Airport Issues Conference in Bucharest, Romania on October 29, 2019.

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USPTO releases SUCCESS Act report to Congress

Report looks at participation of women, minorities, and veterans in the patent system.

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Statement of Commissioner for Patents Andrew Hirshfeld before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Committee on the Judiciary

Commissioner for Patents Andrew Hirshfeld testifies about patent quality before the Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Committee on the Judiciary.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the IP in PA: Keystone for Success event

Remarks delivered at the “IP in PA: Keystone for Success” event Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu October 21, 2019 Easton, Pennsylvania As prepared for delivery Good morning everyone, and thank you Caren (Yeamans) for that kind introduction. Thank you to the entire team…

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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on allocation of burdens for motion to amend

The USPTO invites the public to provide comments on the proposed rule on or before December 23.

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Update on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

The update provides further explanation on how the USPTO applies the 2019 Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance.

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Participate in the Patent Center 2019 Beta release

We’re seeking participants to test and provide feedback on new Patent Center features on active applications.

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USPTO seeks senior artificial intelligence expert

New position provides technical expertise in developing AI solutions to real-world, large-scale problems.

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the United Inventors Association Leadership Day

Remarks delivered at the United Inventors Association Leadership Day Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Laura Peter September 12, 2019 Alexandria, Virginia As prepared for delivery Good morning and thank you Warren (Tuttle) for that kind...

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TEAS login requirement

Starting on October 26, customers will need to log in to an USPTO.gov account with two-step authentication.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Standard-Essential Patents Strategy Conference

Remarks delivered at the Standard-Essential Patents Strategy Conference Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu September 10, 2019 Solvay Business School – Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) Brussels, Belgium As prepared for delivery Good…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Bridging Innovation and Opportunity event

Remarks delivered at the Bridging Innovation and Opportunity event Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Andrei Iancu August 26, 2019 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania As prepared for delivery Good afternoon everyone, and thank you Mark Anthony Thomas for that gracious introduction. Thank you...

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New U.S. Counsel rule: USPTO’s initiatives to ensure accuracy and integrity of the Trademark Register

Director Iancu and Commissioner Denison discuss ways the office is maintaining and improving the integrity of the U.S. trademark system.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony

Remarks delivered at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu July 30, 2019 Alexandria, Virginia As prepared for delivery Good morning, and thank you, Sarah (Taylor) for that introduction. On behalf of the U.…

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Director Iancu speaks on the growth and international collaboration of AI

USPTO Director Iancu addressed the growth of artificial intelligence in patenting and the cooperation among international patent offices to utilize and explore AI in patent examination tools and methods.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the International Conference on AI-Emerging Technologies and IP

Remarks delivered at the International Conference on AI-Emerging Technologies and IP Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Andrei Iancu July 16, 2019 Tel Aviv, Israel As prepared for delivery Thank you for the kind introduction. It is an honor for me to be here today, and especially to…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the New York Intellectual Property Law Association

The Current State of Innovation within the U.S. Legal System – Views on Evolving Protection for Intellectual Property Rights in the United States from the USPTO and the Courts Remarks delivered at the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA) Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark…

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Statement of Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison before the United States House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary

Statement delivered before the United States House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary “Counterfeits and Cluttering: Emerging Threats to the Integrity of the Trademark System and the Impact on American Consumers and Businesses.” Commissioner…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the 2019 International Intellectual Property Conference

Remarks delivered at the 2019 International Intellectual Property Conference Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu June 10, 2019 J.W. Marriott Seoul, South Korea As prepared for delivery Thank you very much for that gracious introduction. It’s an honor to be here, and it is…

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USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

Nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for PPAC and TPAC must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 12, 2019.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund Patent Event

Remarks delivered at “The Road Back: Restoring American Patents” Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu May 22, 2019 Washington, D.C. As prepared for delivery Good evening, everyone, and thank you, Rob (Stien) for that very gracious introduction. This is a momentous year for…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at International Trademark Association 141st Annual Meeting

Remarks by Director Iancu at International Trademark Association (INTA) 141st Annual Meeting “Conversations with USPTO Leadership” Session “CM41” Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu May 20, 2019 Boston, Massachusetts As prepared for delivery Thank you, Ayala, for the...

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Statement of Director Iancu before the United States House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary

Statement delivered before the United States House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu May 9, 2019 Washington, D.C. As prepared for delivery 1. Introduction Chairman Johnson, Ranking…

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at first public hearing on the SUCCESS Act

Remarks delivered at first public hearing on the SUCCESS Act Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter May 8, 2019 Alexandria, VA As prepared for delivery Good Morning everyone! Thank you Andy Toole for that kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be here today to discuss…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the 2019 National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Remarks delivered at the 2019 National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu May 2, 2019 Washington, DC As prepared for delivery “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” On July 20 this year, in just a couple...

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at 2019 Conrad Challenge Innovation Summit

Remarks delivered at 2019 Conrad Challenge Innovation Summit Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter April 25, 2019 Kennedy Space Center, FL As prepared for delivery Good afternoon everyone, and thank you, Nancy Conrad, for your kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be...

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USPTO announces recipients of 2018 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificates

The USPTO certificate recognizes patent practitioners and law firms who volunteer to assist financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses.

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at Silicon Valley IP Forum 2019

Remarks delivered at Silicon Valley IP Forum 2019 Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter April 10, 2019 Palo Alto, California As prepared for delivery Good afternoon everyone, and thank you, John Cabeca for your kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be here with all of…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Anti-Counterfeiting Video Contest Award Ceremony

Remarks delivered at the Anti-Counterfeiting Video Contest Award Ceremony Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu April 9, 2019 Alexandria, Virginia As prepared for delivery Good morning everyone! Thank you, Mary and Shira and the entire team that has worked to put this…

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the FCBA Santa Clara: Recent Developments Affecting Litigation in, and Appeals from the PTAB, ITC, and District Courts

Remarks delivered at the FCBA Santa Clara: Recent Developments Affecting Litigation in, and Appeals from the PTAB, ITC, and District Courts Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter April 8, 2019 Santa Clara, California As prepared for delivery Good afternoon everyone, and…

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Statement by Director Iancu before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Committee on the Judiciary

Statement delivered before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Committee on the Judiciary Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu March 13, 2019 Washington, D.C. As prepared for delivery 1. Introduction Chairman Tillis, Ranking Member Coons, and...

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Scott Boalick appointed Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Boalick will continue leading PTAB’s efforts to ensure that its proceedings are balanced and transparent.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at Women’s History Month: Celebrating Women in Innovation event

Remarks delivered at Women’s History Month: Celebrating Women in Innovation event Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu March 5, 2019 Alexandria, Virginia As prepared for delivery It is so good to see everyone here today, joining us to celebrate women in innovation. This is…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Driving American Innovation Policy Conference

Remarks delivered at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Driving American Innovation Policy Conference Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu February 25, 2019 Atlanta, Georgia As prepared for delivery Good morning everyone. Thank you, President (Mark) Becker for that gracious...

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Henry “Jamie” Holcombe appointed chief information officer

Holcombe will lead stabilization and modernization efforts on IT systems and transition agency to state-of-the-art technology.

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases new report on trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors

Report finds women made up only 12% of all U.S. inventors in 2016, but opportunities to spur gender parity in innovation is growing.

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United States moves up in international rankings for patent protection

The U.S. once again ranked as the overall global leader and standard setter for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Artificial Intelligence: Intellectual Property Considerations event

Remarks delivered at Artificial Intelligence: Intellectual Property Considerations on January 31, 2019.

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U.S. ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty

Landmark treaty facilitates limited copyright for accessible copies of published works to persons who are blind, visually impaired, and print disabled.

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the Boston Bar Association 2018 IP Year in Review

Remarks delivered by USPTO Deputy Director Laura Peter at the Boston Bar Association 2018 IP Year in Review

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Nominations sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The medal is the country's highest award for technological achievement and is presented by the president of the United States.

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Thomas Krause appointed Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Solicitor

Krause, who has served as the USPTO’s deputy solicitor since 2014, begins his new role January 14, 2019.

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announces revised guidance for determining subject matter eligibility

Our revised guidance documents aim to improve the clarity, consistency, and predictability of patent actions across the USPTO.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the State of Technology Conference

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Fargo, North Dakota on November 30, 2018

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The strategic plan sets out the USPTO’s mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and timeliness; and, to provide domestic…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the 10th Annual Patent Law & Policy Conference

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Washington D.C. on November 15, 2018

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Remarks by Director Iancu at 2018 National Lawyers Convention

Remarks as delivered in Washington D.C. on November 15, 2018.

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Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announces Laura Peter as deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced the appointment of Laura A. Peter as deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), effective November 13, 2018. Ms. Peter most recently held…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting

Remarks as delivered in Washington D.C. at AIPLA on October 25, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Conference

Remarks delivered by USPTO Director Andrei Iancu at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Conference in Mexico City on October 23, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association Inaugural Texas Dinner

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Arlington, Texas, at the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association Inaugural Texas Dinner on October 18, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Prior Art Archive Launch Event

Remarks delivered at the Prior Art Archive Launch Event in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 3, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Intellectual Property Owners Association 46th Annual Meeting

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at IPO 46th Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, on September 24, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the PPAC Public Hearing on Proposed Patent Fee Schedule

Remarks delivered at the PPAC Public Hearing on Proposed Patent Fee Schedule

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USPTO Seeking Public Comments on Draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it is seeking comments on the draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The draft plan sets out the USPTO's mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and...

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Statement from Director Iancu regarding Patents systems status

The USPTO is working diligently to restore its Patents IT systems as soon as possible.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at Invention-Con 2018

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at Invention-Con 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia, on August 17, 2018.

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USPTO announces 2018 Patents for Humanity winners

Nine winners highlight the power of innovation to solve humanitarian challenges in medicine, nutrition, sanitation, energy, and living standards.

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USPTO Launches Anti-Counterfeiting Video Contest

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of an anti-counterfeiting video contest during the National Trademark Exposition. The “Consumers Combat Counterfeits" contest invites entrants to submit creative videos to help raise awareness about the...

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Remarks by Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison at the 2018 National Trademark Expo

Remarks by Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison at the 2018 National Trademark Exposition, held at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., on July 27, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the 2018 National Trademark Expo

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the 2018 National Trademark Exposition, held at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., on July 27, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the American Enterprise Institute

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., on June 21, 2018.

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USPTO Adds Additional Schools to Law School Clinic Certification Program

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that 20 new law schools have joined the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Program, and five currently participating law schools have added a second clinic program, during the 2016-2018 expansion. Eight law...

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United States Issues Patent Number 10,000,000

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued U.S. patent number 10 million. More than just a number, patent 10 million celebrates the rich history and strength of the American intellectual property system dating back to the first U.S. patent, signed 228 years ago…

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Heads of the World’s Five Largest Intellectual Property Offices Meet in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted the annual meeting of the heads of the world’s five largest intellectual property offices, commonly referred to as the IP5. In addition to the USPTO, the members of the IP5 include the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan…

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the IPBC Global Conference

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the IPBC Global Conference in San Francisco, California, on June 11, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony

Remarks by USPTO Director Andrei Iancu at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Naturalization Ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia, on June 1, 2018.

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Statement of Director Andrei Iancu before the House Committee on the Judiciary

Statement of Director Andrei Iancu before the Committee on the Judiciary May 22, 2018, titled "Oversight of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office."

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at 2018 Military Invention Day

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at 2018 Military Invention Day in Washington, D.C., on May 19, 2018.

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USPTO Designates Durango, Colorado Public Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the grand opening of the newest Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the Durango Public Library in Durango, Colorado on Tuesday May 22, 2018. A free public program, “Researching Patent and Trademark...

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USPTO Announces Recipients of 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate in recognition of individuals who help make the Patent Pro Bono Program available to financially under-resourced...

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USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON - The 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 transmitted on or before July 6...

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Keynote 2018 National Trademark Expo

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. on...

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USPTO Announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Claim Construction Standard used in PTAB Proceedings

WASHINGTON - Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced its proposed rulemaking to change the prior policy of using the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation standard for construing unexpired and proposed amended patent claims in Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings...

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the World IP Day event on Capitol Hill

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the World IP Day event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the American Bar Association's Women in IP Law Luncheon

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the American Bar Association's Women in IP Law Luncheon in Arlington, Virginia, on April 20, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at U.S. Institute of Peace

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

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Statement of Director Andrei Iancu Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Statement of Director Andrei Iancu Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary April 18, 2018

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Patent Policy Conference

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Patent Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.

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USPTO Announces Exhibitors for 2018 National Trademark Expo

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the exhibitors chosen for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution on Friday,…

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USPTO Unveils New Patent Cover Design at South by Southwest (SXSW)

AUSTIN, Texas - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled the new design of the patent grant cover during a special ceremony at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The redesigned cover will debut on patent number 10 million which is...

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at new patent cover design unveiling

Remarks by USPTO Director Andrei Iancu at new patent cover design unveiling at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

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Remarks by Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld at new patent cover design unveiling

Remarks by Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld at the unveiling of the new patent cover design during the South by Southwest Interactive Festival.

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Andrei Iancu Begins Role as New Director of United States Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that Andrei Iancu began his first official day as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. Mr. Iancu, who was nominated by President Trump last August, was unanimously…

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USPTO Announces 2018 National Trademark Exposition

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host the 2018 National Trademark Exposition at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution on Friday, July…

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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 2018 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is the country's highest award for technological achievement and is presented by the President of the United States…

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USPTO Finalizes Revised Patent Fee Schedule

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a final rule, “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017” to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The revised fee...

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Cooperation for an Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot with the JPO and KIPO

Washington – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Joseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, participated in the signing of...

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USPTO Launches Two Year Diversion Pilot Program

Washington -The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is initiating a two-year Diversion Pilot Program for patent and trademark practitioners. Implemented by the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), the program aligns USPTO with the practices of more than…

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Remarks By Director Michelle K. Lee at the IP5 Heads of Office and Industry Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the IP5 Heads of Office and Industry Meeting

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The Invention Imperative: Remarks by Chief Administrative Officer Fred Steckler at Military Invention Day

Remarks as delivered at the National Museum of American History, Lemelson Center, on May 20, 2017

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Remarks By Director Michelle K. Lee at the George Washington University School of Law

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the George Washington University School of Law

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2017

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2017

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Quarterly Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Quarterly Meeting

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee to Commemorate World IP Day 2017

Remarks as prepared for delivery to Commemorate World IP Day 2017

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Trilateral Heads of Office and Industry Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Trilateral Heads of Office and Industry Meeting

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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 2017 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...

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USPTO Announces New Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The Public Advisory Committees for…

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U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced Today, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which offers a blueprint for coordinating resources and…

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USPTO Seeks Further Public Input on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that as part of its effort to solicit input from the public regarding the legal contours of patent subject matter eligibility, it will be holding two roundtables, one in November and one…

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USPTO Seeking Comments on Proposed Patent Fee Adjustments

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking(link is external) (NPRM) proposing to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The proposed fees are...

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USPTO Announces Patents for Humanity Winners

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an Obama administration initiative promoting...

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USPTO Announces Cancer Moonshot Challenge Winners

Washington— The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the winners of the USPTO Cancer Moonshot Challenge. The challenge was launched by the USPTO in August as part of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, which aims to speed up patient...

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at America Invents Act Fifth Anniversary Event

Remarks as prepared for delivery at America Invents Act Fifth Anniversary Event, Washington, D.C.

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USPTO Designates Las Cruces, New Mexico Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Washington—The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is opening a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Library located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The New Mexico State University Library is the only PTRC…

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USPTO to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of America Invents Act

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it is co-sponsoring with the American Intellectual Property Law Association an event commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) on Wednesday...

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USPTO and ILPO Announce ILPO’s Participation in the Cooperative Patent Classification System

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Israel Ministry of Justice unit, the Israel Patent Office (ILPO) today announced ILPO’s participation in the Cooperative Classification Patent (CPC) system. The ILPO will classify its newly…

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Carnegie Institution for Science

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Carnegie Institution for Science Washington, D.C.

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Teaming Up to Cure Cancer

Washington – Vice President Joe Biden and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new actions aimed at advancing President Obama’s call for a “Cancer Moonshot” to make “…America the country that cures cancer once and for all” at the White House...

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USPTO To Expand Law School Clinic Certification Program

Washington – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it opened the current Law School Clinic Certification Program (Program) to admit additional schools to commence participation in the Program. This Program allows law students to practice patent and/or trademark law...

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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...

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USPTO to Host IP and 3D Printing Conference

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public conference on the legal and policy considerations of intellectual property (IP) in 3D printing on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at USPTO’s headquarters in Alexandria, Va. What: Conference…

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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 the…

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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 23...

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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 and…

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U.S. Department of Commerce Recommends Amendments to Statutory Damages Provisions in Copyright Act

Washington, D.C.—A report issued today by the U.S. Department of Commerce recommends amendments to copyright law that would provide both more guidance and greater flexibility to courts in awarding statutory damages. The recommended amendments would ensure continued meaningful protection for...

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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, California...

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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...

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President Obama to Honor Nation’s Leading Scientists and Innovators

Today, the White House announced the latest recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation—our Nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. The new awardees will receive their medals at a White…

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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 Intellectual...

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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 improve...

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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 will make it…

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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 Office…

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Remarks by Deputy Director Russell Slifer at the Advanced Patent Law Institute

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Advanced Patent Law Institute, Austin, TX

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USPTO Opens Regional Office in San Jose, California

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 Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office…

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USPTO Advances Cooperation with Foreign IP Leaders

Geneva, Switzerland – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in a delegation led by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee advanced international harmonization of intellectual property processes in…

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New USPTO Tool Allows Exploration of 40 Years of Patent Data

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today launched PatentsView, a new patent data visualization platform. The PatentsView beta search tool allows members of the public to interact with nearly 40 years of data on patenting activity in the…

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USPTO Collaborates with Noun Project to Create Symbols for Intellectual Property

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced in partnership with the Noun Project its upcoming Iconathon design workshop on August 28, 2015 at its headquarters in Alexandria, VA. Designers, students, civic activists, and...

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Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Drew Hirshfeld Appointed as New Commissioner for Patents

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has appointed Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Drew Hirshfeld to be the new Commissioner for Patents effective immediately....

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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 (IPEA…

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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...

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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 that…

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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…

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USPTO and JPO 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 Japan Patent Office signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on May 21, 2015, to begin a bilateral Collaboration Search Pilot (CSP) program. The MOC, signed at a bilateral meeting during the IP5…

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USPTO To Host Combined Medical Device Technology Fair and Partnership Meeting

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its next Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting on Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday June 3, 2015. The USPTO periodically hosts Medical Device Technology Partnership Meetings to bring industry…

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USPTO Announces Patents For Humanity Winners

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an Obama administration initiative promoting...

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USPTO to Celebrate 225 Years of American Innovation

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will commemorate the 225th anniversary of the Patent Act by hosting a series of panel discussions at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday, April 10, 2015. Enacted on April 10, 1790, the…

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U.S. Commerce Department Announces Digital Millennium Copyright Act Multistakeholder Forum Results

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force, through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), today released a document developed by stakeholders containing a set of agreed upon practices aimed…

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USPTO Appoints New Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Meryl Hershkowitz as Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations. In her new position, Hershkowitz will oversee the examination and processing of applications...

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USPTO To Host Second Annual IT Career Fair For Veterans

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its second annual career fair for veterans with specialized IT experience in software development, software testing, IT project management, usability, database administration, SaaS, cloud...

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Announces Russell Slifer as Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Washington – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the appointment of Russell Slifer as the next Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Slifer currently serves as the Director of the USPTO…

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United States Deposits Instrument of Ratification to Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that the United States has deposited its instrument of ratification to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Hague...

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USPTO to Host First-Ever Summit on Patent Quality

Two-day event to include discussions among USPTO leadership and experts from industry, academia, and the public

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Deputy Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Denison Appointed as New Commissioner

Washington – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mary Boney Denison to be the new Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) effective January 1, 2015. “Mary Denison has done a stellar job serving the American people as the U.S.…

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USPTO To Host Trade Secret Symposium

Washington– The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its first Trade Secret Symposium on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The symposium will provide an opportunity for members of the public to hear from representatives…

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World’s Five Largest Intellectual Property Offices Release Annual IP5 Statistics Report

Washington– A coalition of the world’s five largest patent offices – the IP5 – recently announced the release of the 2013 IP5 Statistics Report. The Report has been designed to facilitate an understanding of operations and patent procedures among the Offices, while providing a means for gauging...

Talking tech with the USPTO’s Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer Debbie Stephens

To be a technology executive these days is both challenging and exhilarating. USPTO’s Adrienne Cox from the Office of the Chief Information Officer caught up with Deputy Chief Information Officer Debbie Stephens for a discussion on tech, leadership, and new items on the IT agenda at the USPTO.

Spotlight on Commerce: Nestor Ramirez, Technology Center Director, USPTO

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, a USPTO employee reflects on his USPTO career.

Constitution Week at the USPTO

Our Founding Fathers recognized the important role intellectual property plays in promoting “the progress of science and useful arts…” and growing a vibrant economy.

A conversation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the 2018 Trademark Expo

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA legend, businessman, and a registered trademark owner shared his thoughts on African American inventors and the importance of intellectual property with the USPTO’s Linda Hosler on July 27.

10 million patents: A celebration of American innovation

On June 19, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will issue the 10 millionth patent.

From Seattle to Shanghai: Protecting America's IP at home and abroad

Director Iancu and IP attachés traveled to Seattle to attend the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) 2018 Spring Meeting.

Innovation is alive and well in 2018

Welcoming the 46th class of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

USPTO Celebrates Women Innovators for World IP Day

Today, April 26, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) celebrates World Intellectual Property (IP) day.

Greetings from Director Iancu

The first blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Andrei Iancu

Spotlight on Commerce: Errica Miller, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions of Department of Commerce employees during Women's History Month.

2018 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees announced

A blog from the Department of Commerce about USPTO and the 2018 National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees.

Spotlight on Commerce: Bismarck Myrick, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions of Department of Commerce employees during Black History Month.

Successful Track Record of Patents Customer Partnership Meetings

In 2017, the USPTO’s Technology Centers held ten Patents Customer Partnership Meetings, and based on their success, we plan to increase the number of meetings this year. Started several years ago, these meetings provide a valuable opportunity for our customers to meet directly with Technology…

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Celebrates 60 Years

The TTAB was created in 1958 by President Eisenhower.

IP Attachés - Providing Resources to Texas Businesses

Learn about the IP attachés’ recent outreach visits to local businesses in Texas.

PTAB Issues Guidance for Motions to Amend After Aqua Products

Learn about the latest PTAB guidance and provide feedback.

Leveraging Open Data to Fuel American Innovation

We've unlocked over 4.4 million office actions for the public to access.

Updates on Modernizing the Electronic Patent Application Process

Learn the latest on our eCommerce Modernization Project.

Update: Improving the Accuracy of the Trademark Register

Ensuring trademarks not in use don’t unnecessarily block someone else from registering theirs.

Revised Patent Fee Schedule Finalized

The USPTO sets its fees in order to reach strategic goals such as reducing patent pendency.

Traveling with a Group of Global IP “Rock Stars”

IP attachés provide a tremendous service to U.S. businesses.

The Importance of Independent Inventors to America – and America’s Economy

The USPTO has a wide variety of resources designed to help independent inventors.

2017 Collegiate Inventors Competition Winners Announced

The competition recognizes the nation’s brightest young innovators from colleges and universities across the country.

Something Spooky This Way Comes – Strange, Weird and Unsettling IP

Creepy IP remains one of the USPTO's most successful interactive social media campaigns.

Spotlight on Commerce: Juan Valentin, Education Program Advisor, USPTO

Read about how one on our employees gets young people excited about STEM.

USPTO and Denver Startup Week – What’s the Connection?

The USPTO assists many entrepreneurs and small businesses at local “startup weeks.”

Patents for Humanity Awards Now Open for Applications

The USPTO will accept applications through December 8.

Training Teachers to Educate the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Teachers are incorporating IP and innovation concepts into their lesson plans.

Avoiding Intellectual Property Theft Abroad

USPTO works closely with other federal agencies to protect and enforce American IP rights abroad.

Dream to Reality – Helping Inventors Patent New Technologies

The Patent Pro Bono Program provides free legal assistance to inventors .

Federal Agencies Tackling Trademark Scams

Learn what the USPTO is doing to reduce fraudulent trademark solicitations.

Inspiring Young Minds to be Innovators and Pursue their Dreams

Students at Camp Invention are tomorrow's inventors.

New Report Presents Viewpoints on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

The report synthesizes feedback from the public received over the last few months.

3D Printing – a New Industry Made in America

The USPTO received over 8,000 patent applications in 2016 in additive manufacturing.

Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – 5 Years Supporting Innovation

The office has granted over 10,000 patents and created over 100 jobs.

One Year On: Developments in the Protection of Trade Secrets

It has been one year since Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.

Update on Global Trademark Harmonization

The five largest trademark offices in the world recently met to discuss common standards.

Spotlight on Primary Patent Examiner Angela Nguyen

Angela reflects on her path to public service and her experience as President of APANET.

Intellectual Property Resources for Small Businesses

From reduced fees to legal services, learn more about USPTO services for small businesses.

Patent Pro Bono Volunteer Attorneys Assisting Inventors Across the Country

We are looking for more attorneys to volunteer to participate in the program.

Celebrating World IP Day

This year's theme focused on innovations that improve lives.

Patents and Trademarks of World War One

To mark the centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI, we took a look back at IP from that era.

Spotlight on Pam Isom, Director of the Office of Application Engineering and Development

Pam Isom reflects on her career and shares advice for other women leaders.

Celebrating Women of Innovation

Visit the new display featuring women inventors at the USPTO in Alexandria.

2017 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

These visionary inventors patented inventions that revolutionized their industries.

More New Ways to Explore Patent Data

Our open data improves the accessibility, usability, and transparency of patent data.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Consumer Electronics Show

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Consumer Electronics Show Las Vegas, NV

USPTO Releases its 2016 Performance and Accountability Report

We've published our annual report on our performance and financial health.

Better Protection for Industrial Designs through International Cooperation

The five largest intellectual property offices - or "ID5" - are working together.

USPTO Fights Fraudulent Trademark Solicitations

Learn how to avoid fraudulent trademark solicitations.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Quality Conference Keynote

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patent Quality Conference Keynote, Alexandria, VA

Trademarks Coast to Coast

Our regional offices are providing trademark support across the country.

Providing Clear and Transparent Patent Quality Metrics

Find out about our new metrics, which are helping us better measure patent quality.

Results of the Post Grant Outcomes Pilot

The program has succeeded in facilitating the timely and effective examination of applications.

Optimizing Patent Examination Time

We are evaluating patent examination time and seeking input from the public.

Remarks by Deputy Director Russ Slifer at the Patents for Humanity Awards Ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patents for Humanity Awards Ceremony Washington, D.C.

New Trademark App Open Source Code on Github

Code for mobile application to track trademarks is available to the public.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the IAM Patent Law and Policy Conference

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the IAM Patent Law and Policy Conference Washington, DC

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable Alexandria, VA

Celebrating Veterans at the USPTO

Over the past year, over 20% of all USPTO hires were veterans or transitioning service members.

Collegiate Inventors Competition Showcases Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs

Twenty eight students were recognized for their cutting-edge inventions.

Results of the Clarity of the Record Pilot

We've identified best practices for enhancing the clarity of the prosecution record.

IT Innovation at the USPTO in 2016

We are building next generation tools for the public and fine-tuning USPTO processes for greater efficiency.

Enhancements to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Proceedings

The rule changes become effective January 14, 2017.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the 2016 AIPLA Luncheon

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the 2016 AIPLA Luncheon Washington, D.C.

When Patents and Trademarks Go Bump in the Night

Every October, the USPTO explores its archives to find creepy IP.

Remarks by Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison at the 2016 Trademark Expo

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the 2016 Trademark Expo Washington, D.C.

National Trademark Expo October 21-22

This free two-day event will take place in downtown Washington D.C.

Protecting the Rights of American Innovators in Cuba

The USPTO is working to create a framework for strong intellectual property rights between both counties.

Improving the Trademark Register

We are tackling the so-called “deadwood” in our searchable database of registered marks.

USPTO Launches New Jobs Pages and Outreach to Hispanic Millennials

USPTO is actively recruiting new talent from across the country and from all backgrounds.

USPTO Proposes Patent and PTAB Fee Adjustments

Comments on the fee proposals are due by December 2, 2016.

Commemorating Five Years of the America Invents Act

Take a look back at the AIA's success.

Transparency in Patent Examination Prosecution: Master Review Form

Streamlined form for examination and prosecution.

Five Years of Patent Pro Bono Success

The America Invents Act led to Pro Bono programs across the country.

Statement by USPTO Chief Communications Officer Patrick Ross on the Inspector General report: Patent Examiners’ Time and Attendance.

Statement by USPTO Chief Communications Officer Patrick Ross on the Inspector General report: Patent Examiners’ Time and Attendance.

Importing Prior Art Automatically to Streamline Patent Examination Process

Provide input on this new initiative at our roundtable on September 28.

USPTO Launches Cancer Moonshot Challenge

Challenge concludes on September 12.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at PPAC Quarterly Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at PPAC Quarterly Meeting, Alexandria, VA

Keeping International Competition Front of Mind

Empowering inventors, entrepreneurs, and businesses with an International IP Toolkit.

Intellectual Property and the Challenge of 3D Printing

Recent 3D printing conference addressed the legal issues and policy challenges in additive manufacturing industry.

New Post-Prosecution Pilot to Begin July 11th

Post-Prosecution Pilot (P3) is part of the Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative.

Teaming up to cure cancer

USPTO announces Patents 4 Patients and IP Horizon Scanning Tool for Cancer Moonshot.

PTAB replaces Patent Review Processing System

PTAB replaces Patent Review Processing System (PRPS) with PTAB E2E.

Trademarks moving forward

An overview of recent Trademarks updates and announcement of new Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Administration.

Official Statement from Director Michelle K. Lee on the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee

Official Statement from Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle K. Lee on the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee

Remarks by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at the 2016 National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery at National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction, Washington, D.C. on May 5, 2016

Topics announced for case studies pilot

USPTO announces six topics for the patent quality case studies pilot.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at National Medal of Technology & Innovation Awards Dinner

Remarks as prepared for delivery at National Medal of Technology & Innovation Awards Dinner Washington, D.C.

USPTO Regional Offices forge ahead in 2016

An overview of activities at the USPTO's regional offices over the last few months.

Protecting U.S. trade secrets

The Defend Trade Secrets Act strengthens U.S. trade secret protection for U.S. companies and innovators.

Patent Trial and Appeal Board leadership and accomplishments

Welcome to new Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, David Ruschke.

Patent Quality Community Symposium Gathers Public Feedback on USPTO Programs

USPTO focused on developing programs designed to enhance patent quality.

Further Insight Provided on PTAB Amendment Motions with New Study

New data on PTAB amendment motions provided based on public feedback.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction

Remarks as prepared for delivery at National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Washington, D.C.

Update to Examiner Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

Learn about the new guidance released on May 5, 2016.

USPTO Celebrates World IP Day and Digital Creativity

In April, the USPTO celebrated World IP Day around the world.

Remarks by Chief of Staff Vikrum Aiyer at FIRST LEGO League World Festival

Remarks as prepared for delivery at FIRST LEGO League World Festival St Louis, MO.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Patent Community Symposium

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Patent Community Symposium Alexandria, VA.

Statement from Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Michelle K. Lee following House passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Statement from Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Michelle K. Lee following House passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Remarks by Deputy Director Russ Slifer at USPTO-AIPLA World Intellectual Property (IP) Day

Remarks as prepared for delivery at USPTO-AIPLA World Intellectual Property (IP) Day Washington, D.C.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Federal Circuit Judicial Conference

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Federal Circuit Judicial Conference Washington, D.C.

USPTO Launches Two New Online Fee Payment Tools

Financial Manager and the Patent Maintenance Fees Storefront launched on April 9, 2016.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at New York Intellectual Property Law Assoc. (NYIPLA) Judges Roundtable

Remarks as prepared for delivery at New York Intellectual Property Law Assoc. (NYIPLA) Judges Roundtable New York, NY

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA

PTAB Issues Final Rules for Improved Proceedings

New rules aim to address concerns of users and improve proceedings.

Improvements in Measuring Patent Quality Metrics

Attend our Patent Community Symposium in April and share your feedback with us by May 24.

Honoring Women in Public Service and Government

Women have made vital contributions to public service, intellectual property, invention, and innovation.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Million Women Mentors Senate Luncheon

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Million Women Mentors Senate Luncheon Washington, DC.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at South by Southwest

Remarks as prepared for delivery at South by Southwest Austin, TX

USPTO Maintains Productivity Despite Inclement Weather

The snowstorm last month demonstrated the continuing effectiveness of the USPTO’s telework program.

USPTO Submits its Fiscal Year 2017 Congressional Budget Justification

Provides detailed information on how the USPTO plans to spend fees in the upcoming fiscal year.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Iowa STEM Day

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Iowa State Capitol Des Moines, IA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the State of the Valley Conference

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the State of the Valley Conference San Jose, CA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting in Alexandria, VA

Leadership in All USPTO Regional Offices

New Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO Office announced.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Consumer Electronics Show

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Consumer Electronics Show Las Vegas, NV

Five Largest Trademark Offices Hold Annual Meeting at the USPTO

2015 TM5 Annual Meeting held at USPTO headquarters December 1-2.

Power and Systems Update

USPTO systems are now fully operational.

A Historic Moment for the USPTO and Innovators Everywhere

All four USPTO regional offices are now open & other news.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Inaugural Meeting of ID5

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Inaugural Meeting of ID5 Alexandria, VA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Quarterly Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Quarterly Meeting Alexandria, VA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the "Invention: Does Gender Matter?" Roundtable

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the "Invention: Does Gender Matter?" Roundtable, Dallas, TX

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Texas Regional Office Opening Ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Texas Regional Office Opening Ceremony, Dallas, TX

Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative: Moving Forward

Learn about some the USPTO's new programs under the new initiative.

Highlights From Director Michelle K. Lee Fireside Chat at AIPLA Annual Conference

Highlights from AIPLA fireside chat at its annual 2015 conference October 20-24 in Washington D.C.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at The Silicon Valley Regional Office Opening Ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery at The Silicon Valley Regional Office Opening Ceremony, San Jose, Calif.

Icons for Intellectual Property Concepts Unveiled

Learn about the Iconathon and 19 icons chosen for public use.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Microsoft Tech Lab

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Microsoft Tech Lab in Washington, D.C.

Remarks by Deputy Director Russell Slifer at PatentsView Inventor Disambiguation Workshop

Remarks as prepared for delivery at PatentsView Inventor Disambiguation Workshop in Alexandria, VA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Million Women Mentors Summit and Gala

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Million Women Mentors Summit and Gala in Washington, D.C.

New Patents Petitions Timeline

New timeline provides easy-to-use and frequently updated information about petitions filed.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Quarterly PPAC Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Quarterly PPAC Meeting in Alexandria, VA

PTAB Update: Proposed Changes to Rules Governing PTAB Trial Proceedings

Learn about the proposed changes and opportunities for the public to comment.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Technology Policy Institute Aspen Forum

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Technology Policy Institute Aspen Forum in Aspen, CO

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Girls Who Code Graduation at Georgetown University

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Modernization of Electronic Patent Application Process

eMod will improve the electronic patent application process by modernizing filing and viewing.

25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The USPTO takes an innovative approach to accessibility in the workplace.

Joint Communique Between U.S. and Brazil on Patent Work Sharing

The talks were part of broader government-wide efforts to expand trade and investment.

USPTO Offering Expedited Patent Appeals

New pilot program to reduce appeal pendency time for participants.

Update on our Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative

We have received more than 1,100 comments on our Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative.

Update on our Regional Offices

It’s an exciting time for our regional offices as we reach entrepreneurs across the country.

IP Attaché Program Outreach in San Diego and Los Angeles

In the meetings, the USPTO identified more ways for IP attachés to address stakeholders’ needs.

Farewell from USPTO’s Commissioner for Patents

Peggy Focarino will be retiring from the USPTO after 38 years of service.

Reduced Trademark Filing and Renewal Fees

In January 2015 we implemented reduced trademark application and renewal fees.

Addressing IP Rights Issues in China

We encourage China’s evolution to an innovative economy that respects and promotes IP rights.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Columbia Global Centers

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Bejing, China

Remarks by Deputy Director Russell Slifer at The Meeting of IP5 Heads of Office and IP5 Industry

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Suzhou, China on May 21st, 2015.

USPTO Assistance for Independent Inventors and Small Businesses

Helping small businesses and independent inventors is important to the USPTO.

Redesigned and Updated Patents Dashboard

In response to public feedback we have updated our online Patents Dashboard.

Attend a Patent Public Advisory Committee Meeting

Join us for a PPAC meeting in 2015.

New Tool for Examiners Helps Streamline Examination Process

The USPTO recently launched a critical new tool for patent examiners.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Rich Inn of Court Annual Dinner

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Washington D.C. on May 9.

TTAB Gathers Public Feedback on its Processes

In early 2015, TTAB held an ESSTA Users Forum and a Roundtable on Evolving TTAB Processes.

Successful Transition to the Cooperative Patent Classification System

On Jan. 1, the USPTO successfully transitioned to the Cooperative Patent Classification system.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Congressional IP Caucus GIPC Event

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Washington D.C. on April 29.

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at Patents for Humanity Awards Ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Washington, D.C. on April 20

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at 225th Anniversary of The First Patent Act

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Alexandria, Virginia on April 10

First Patent Quality Summit – a Productive Discussion with the Public

Two-day Patent Quality Summit gathered public feedback and looked at six specific proposals.

Implementing Executive Actions to Further Improve our Patent System

We’ve been working on a number of exciting initiatives at the USPTO that will benefit most of you.

Recognizing Women in Science and Technology

The USPTO is celebrating the generations of women who have helped shape America.

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at NYIPLA

Remarks as prepared for delivery in New York on March 27.

PTAB’S Quick-Fixes for AIA Rules Are to Be Implemented Immediately

We plan to issue what we call "quick fixes" that will immediately improve AIA trial proceedings.

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Quality Summit

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Alexandria, Virginia on March 25

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at Fourth Annual Managing IP U.S. Patent Forum

As prepared for delivery in Washington D.C. on March 18.

USPTO Satellite Offices Bring Resources to Innovators

There are significant developments with our USPTO satellite offices.

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at South by Southwest

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Austin, Texas on March 13th.

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at the IPO Education Foundation PTO IPO Day Luncheon

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Washington D.C. on March 10.

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at the Trilateral Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Yokohama, Japan, on March 3.

USPTO Submits Fiscal Year 2016 Congressional Budget Justification

I’m pleased to announce we have published our FY 2016 Congressional Budget Justification.

USPTO Trade Secret Symposium

On January 8, the USPTO held a trade secret symposium at USPTO headquarters.

USPTO Launches Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative

I’m pleased to announce a comprehensive new program, our Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative.

User Feedback Plays Key Role in New USPTO Website

The official launch date for the website is February 5, 2015.

Michelle K. Lee: In Conversation with The Brookings Institution

Michelle K. Lee: In Conversation with The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on January 22.

Senate Judiciary Committee Statement

Statement of Michelle K. Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director, before the Senate Judiciary Committee December 10, 2014.

Roundtable on Harmonization of Substantive Patent Law

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Roundtable on Harmonization of Substantive Patent Law USPTO Headquarters, Alexandria, Virginia November 19, 2014 Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us at the United...

Patent Examiner Technical Training: Connecting Scientific Experts with Patent Examiners to Strengthen the Patent System

Blog by Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee In February of this year, the White House issued three new executive actions aimed, in part, at strengthening the quality and accessibility of our patent system. One of these...

2014 AIPLA Opening Plenary Remarks

Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee October 23, 2014 2014 AIPLA Opening Plenary "Our Shared Stewardship of a Gold-Standard IP System" Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Wayne, and good morning everyone. Before I begin, I just wanted to say, it's been a busy week, and that I am...

Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Intellectual Property Rights Remarks

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Intellectual Property Rights Alexandria, Virginia September 10, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Assistant Minister of Commerce Tong Daochi and members…

"Spark of Invention" Event Sponsored by Innovation Insights

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee "Spark of Invention" Event Sponsored by Innovation Insights Geneva, Switzerland September 23, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Thaddeus [Burns], for having me here at this fantastic event, and for...

From Silicon Valley to Washington, DC: Insights From The Intersection of Technology, Law & Politics

Chief of Staff for the United States Patent and Trademark Office Stanford Law School Remarks September 10, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for that warm introduction. It's fantastic to be back home in the Bay Area and to see so many friends, former colleagues, and a few former...

Boston Patent Law Association

Chief of Staff for the United States Patent and Trademark Office Boston Patent Law Association Remarks September 16, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Josh [Dalton, Boston Patent Law Association] for that warm introduction, and thanks to the Boston Patent Law Association for hosting…

Patent Public Advisory Committee Opening Remarks

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Patent Public Advisory Committee Opening Remarks Watch Video August 14, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Louis [Foreman, Patent Public Advisory Committee Chairman], and good morning everyone! It's a…

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, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good morning, and thank you everyone. This is a great day for the United States Patent and...

Speaking Truth to Patents: The Case for a Better Patent System

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Speaking Truth to Patents: The Case for a Better Patent System Stanford Law School June 26, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Professor Malone, for that kind introduction. And I want to also thank...

The Benefits of IP in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee BIO International Convention San Diego, California June 25, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for the kind introduction, Hans, and for inviting me to speak here today. As a native Californian I'm...

"Walk of Thankful Recognition" Event for Memorial Day

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Memorial Day Ceremony Alexandria National Cemetery May 21, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Joe, for the kind introduction. I appreciate the great work you and the USPTO Military Association (UMA)…

The Benefits of Transparency Across the Intellectual Property System

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Fordham University School of Law 22nd Annual Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference New York, NY, April 24, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Professor Hansen, and good afternoon, everyone…

Presentation of Design Patent 700,000

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Langdon Education Campus, Washington, D.C. March 26, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you so much for that introduction, Peggy, and good morning, everyone. We have a great program today…

Building a Better Patent System Together - PTO Day Conference

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee IPO Education Foundation's 24th PTO Day Conference Washington, D.C., March 25, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for the kind introduction, Herb. It's wonderful to be here today...

Building a Better Patent System

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee White House Event on Executive Actions Related to Strengthening Patent System February 20, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you. I'm pleased to be here at the White House today with Secretary Pritzker...

Remarks at American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Mid-Winter Meeting

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute January 30, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Wayne, for that kind introduction. Before I go any further, I'd like to congratulate Wayne. As just two days ago the Department of…