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Record number of patent practitioners and law firms help under-resourced inventors and small businesses participate in innovation economy

The USPTO celebrates the individuals and law firms that have volunteered significant time and effort to help financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses protect their ideas.

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USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

The three-year term for new members, who can participate in the Committees remotely, will start on December 1, 2024. Nominations must be electronically submitted on or before July 5, 2024.

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Proposed changes to terminal disclaimer practice to promote innovation and competition

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to add a new requirement for terminal disclaimers filed to obviate (overcome) nonstatutory double patenting.

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Remarks by Director Kathi Vidal at the 2024 World IP Day Celebration on Capitol Hill

Kathi Vidal Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office World IP Day Celebration on Capitol Hill May 1, 2024 As Prepared for Delivery We are grateful for all of you for the role each of you play in supporting U.S. innovation…

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USPTO announces National Strategy for Inclusive Innovation

The USPTO has outlined a strategic approach for the federal government, academic institutions, and private industry to share and implement best practices that inspire and support a diverse population of problem-solvers.

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USPTO publishes Request for Comments regarding the impact of AI on certain patentability determinations

The USPTO is publishing a Request for Comments (RFC) seeking public feedback on how AI could affect other evaluations we make as we determine whether or not an invention is patentable under U.S. law.

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USPTO advances rules governing PTAB review practices in various proceedings, improving fairness, transparency, and efficiency

Comments on proposed rules relating to discretionary denials of parallel and serial petitions and petitions implicating prior art or arguments previously presented to the USPTO are due June 18

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USPTO seeks to formalize enhanced and streamlined Director Review process through rulemaking

NPRM announced to advance our goal of ensuring fair, transparent, and efficient procedures throughout the PTAB

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USPTO issues guidance concerning the use of AI tools by parties and practitioners

The USPTO publishes guidance informing practitioners and the public of the important issues that patent and trademark professionals, innovators, and entrepreneurs must navigate while using AI in matters before the USPTO.

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IP Champions: Expanding the innovation ecosystem by bringing essential intellectual property knowledge to local communities through our nationwide team

The IP Champions educate local communities on the importance of IP protections such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets to innovation.

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USPTO’s new Diversity Information Platform: Advancing innovation through data-driven action

The unique online platform is free and available to anyone with an internet connection.

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We need your feedback on accelerating and incentivizing the transfer of innovation to the marketplace

Bringing emerging and early-stage innovations to the marketplace spurs entrepreneurship and other economic activity, helps create jobs, and contributes to economic prosperity.

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and U.S. Copyright Office conclude joint study on non-fungible tokens

The Offices concluded that existing statutory enforcement mechanisms are currently sufficient to address infringement concerns related to NFT applications.

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New Office of Public Engagement to strengthen and expand USPTO services to more American communities

New outreach office part of broader organizational changes that include elevation of Cybersecurity, Government Affairs, and Design Patents.

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USPTO extends successful pilot program helping first-time patent filers

The First-Time Filer Expedited Examination Pilot Program permits patent applications from eligible first-time filers to be advanced out-of-turn for examination and reviewed earlier.

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Championing diversity: A key message this International Women’s Day

“Women hold the key to untapped innovative and economic potential world-wide,” says USPTO Director Kathi Vidal

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USPTO empowers innovation among Black inventors and entrepreneurs by increasing the number of Patent and Trademark Resource Centers at HBCUs

PTRCs are part of a national network of public, state, and academic libraries designated by the USPTO to offer trademark and patent assistance to the public.

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Remarks by Deputy Director Derrick Brent at the 2024 AUTM annual meeting

Remarks as delivered Derrick Brent Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO AUTM's 2024 Annual Meeting Tuesday, February 20, 2024 Thank you, Dr. Almesha Campbell, and the leadership of AUTM — Steve Susalka and IanMcLure — for having me. And let…

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USPTO seeks nominations for prestigious National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The NMTI medal is awarded to individuals, teams (up to four individuals), and companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to the nation.

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New USPTO study finds women’s participation in patenting associated with substantial economic value

Given the incredible reach of AI across technologies and organizations, diversifying the AI innovation ecosystem could produce substantial economic gains.

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Patent Pro Bono report: Over $39.3 million donated in free legal services to inventors and small businesses

The study found that the patent pro bono programs are successfully expanding access to the patent system to financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses.

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Resources available to support transition to Assignment Center

How-to guides and training videos are now available to help stakeholders make a smooth transition to Assignment Center on February 5.

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USPTO, NOAA sign collaborative agreement to advance climate technology

The memorandum of understanding will allow the two agencies to continue to partner, so that NOAA’s research and technology can better serve the public and inspire future climate-ready solutions.

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Reminder: USPTO taking next step in move to DOCX tomorrow

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on January 17, those filing new, non-provisional utility patent applications with specification, claims, and abstract in non-DOCX filing formats will incur a surcharge.

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USPTO to expand Law School Clinic Certification Program

Program accepting law school clinic submissions through July 7, 2025.

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USPTO names new members of leadership team 

The USPTO announced the appointment of Sharon Israel as Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs and Jack Fleming as Chief Communications Officer.

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USPTO soon issuing certificates of correction for patents electronically

Starting January 30, 2024, certificates of correction for patents will be issued in an electronic format accessible via Patent Center.

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Deadline extended: HHS seeks public input on pandemic response issues under consideration at WHO negotiations

Stakeholders are invited to provide comments on all issues raised in the text. The deadline for comments has been extended to 5 p.m. ET on January 31, 2024.

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USPTO establishes new pre-application assessment program to help American inventors

The USPTO has announced a new pre-application review program called the “Pre-Prosecution Pilot” as part of its continuing commitment to expand access to the innovation ecosystem and support under-resourced inventors.

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Atlanta; New Hampshire county selected for new USPTO outreach office locations

The USPTO announced that it will open a new regional office in Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area and a new community outreach office in Strafford County, New Hampshire.

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NIST calls for public comments on draft March-In Rights Guidance

Comments on draft March-In Rights Guidance due February 6, 2024.

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Notice something different? Updated website design brings modern, mobile-friendly improvements

We've updated our website design to improve your experience.

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USPTO announces new Public Advisory Committee members to help advise agency and advance core mission of fostering and protecting innovation across America

The USPTO thanks outgoing PAC members and welcomes incoming committee members.

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USPTO announces Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program in support of CHIPS for America Program

The Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program will advance semiconductor technology innovation by expediting examination of qualifying utility patent applications

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New USPTO-Mexico Accelerated Patent Grant arrangement expands opportunities for U.S. businesses

The new worksharing initiative gives eligible patent applicants the option of using an expedited process for obtaining a patent grant in Mexico based on a U.S. patent grant.

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Patent Center fully replaces USPTO legacy systems for filing and managing patent applications online

As part of our modernization efforts to provide customers with more efficient and effective IT tools, today we are officially retiring the decades-old EFS-Web and Private PAIR.

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More than 200 responses received to Request for Comments on new outreach offices and services under Unleashing American Innovators Act

A summary of responses received to a June 2023 Request for Comments seeking public input on the establishment of a Southeast Regional Office and Northern New England Community Outreach Office is now available.

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Coming soon: USPTO’s new modernized assignment system is replacing ETAS and EPAS

The USPTO is reforming the Electronic Trademark Assignment System (ETAS) and Electronic Patent Assignment System (EPAS) into one cohesive and modernized system: Assignment Center.

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President Biden honors leading American scientists, technologists, and innovators

President Biden awarded the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to a number of Americans who have made exemplary achievements in science, technology, and innovation.

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Diagnosing COVID-19: A perspective from U.S. patenting activity

The USPTO released a report revealing that small companies and universities led the way in developing inventions to diagnose COVID-19 as evidenced by patent applications filed through April 2023.

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Remarks by Deputy Director Derrick Brent at the 2023 National HBCU Week

Remarks as prepared Derrick Brent Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO 2023 National HBCU Week Conference Panel on "HBCUs: Harnessing Federal Funding and Programs that Support Entrepreneurship and Business Creation” Monday, September 25,…

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USPTO Virtual Assistant now available for Patents customers

The Virtual Assistant provides answers to common customer questions and makes it easier to find the status of your patent application. The tool will guide you to the most up-to-date information in Patent Center. 

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USPTO issues milestone 1 millionth design patent

Granted to Agustina Huckaby of Fort Worth, Texas, design patent 1 million is for the ornamental design for a dispensing comb.

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USPTO launches updated website search tool to strengthen search experience for all web visitors

The USPTO is launching an updated tool to search for general information on www.uspto.gov. The improved search experience introduces new features, functionality, and customization for visitors using the search bar.

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Patent Center to fully replace USPTO legacy system for filing and managing patent applications online

EFS-Web, Private PAIR to retire November 15 as updated Patent Center combines functionalities of older system with new enhancements that provide an improved user experience.

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Mary Fuller appointed regional director of USPTO’s Silicon Valley Regional Office

Fuller will oversee the Western Region, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

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Introducing the USPTO’s new cloud-based trademark search system with basic and advanced search options

The USPTO is launching a beta version of our new trademark search system to make searching for trademark registrations and/or applications easier.

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Announcing improved search tools to strengthen USPTO service to America’s innovators

The USPTO is implementing upgrades to several of our search tools to make it easier for our customers to find what they’re looking for in a faster, more reliable way.

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USPTO renames visiting scholars program after pioneering inventor of technology for virtual phone calls, text-to-donate system Dr. Marian Rogers Croak

The USPTO announced the renaming of its Visiting Scholars Program after Dr. Marian Rogers Croak, a pioneer in VoIP technologies, inventor of the text-to-donate system, and a National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee.

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New USPTO “Welcome Letter” seeks to demystify patent and trademark process early on by providing applicants helpful information on free trainings, resources

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is now providing official “Welcome Letters” to applicants to help them quickly and easily navigate the patent and trademark application process and connect them with relevant resources.

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Get the USPTO to SXSW 2024

Vote for our PanelPicker® sessions August 8-20, 2023!

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Oral Testimony of the Honorable Kathi Vidal Before a Hearing of the Senate

Remarks As Delivered Oral Testimony of the Honorable Kathi Vidal Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Before a Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property “Oversight of the United States Patent and...

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USPTO extends Director Review (DR) option to institution decisions, retires the Precedential Opinion Panel (POP), and updates interim DR procedures

Beginning July 24, 2023, the USPTO has updated procedures for the interim Director Review (DR) of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decisions.

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Updated Trademark Datasets now available

The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Office of the Chief Economist released the 2022 updates to its Trademark Case Files Dataset and Trademark Assignment Dataset.

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United States Patent and Trademark Office releases 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published its 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, completing a planning process that welcomed more than 150 comments on the draft version from the public and USPTO employees.

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USPTO takes first steps to open Southeast Regional Office and new community outreach offices; seeks public feedback via new request for comments

The USPTO is seeking public input regarding the establishment of an additional regional office in the southeast region and four new community outreach offices as authorized by the UAIA

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USPTO extends backup PDF option for DOCX filers, announces new date for non-DOCX filing fee

Transitioning to the DOCX format for patent application filings is an important part of our efforts to use all available technology to strengthen patents and reduce pendency times

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USPTO expands and extends Climate Change Mitigation Pilot Program

The USPTO expands the program's eligibility requirements to encompass a more robust group of innovations and extends to June 7, 2027 or 4,000 grantable petitions

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USPTO requests comments regarding Motion to Amend Pilot Program and related rules before the PTAB

The USPTO announces a request for comments seeking input on the Motion to Amend Pilot Program and the rules of practice to allocate the burden of persuasion on motions to amend in trial proceedings before the PTAB.

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Volunteer to improve the USPTO website experience

The USPTO is asking for volunteer feedback from our customers to enhance and modernize our digital spaces.

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Remarks by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at AIPLA Spring Meeting

Remarks as delivered Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO American Intellectual Property Law Association Spring Meeting Opening Plenary Address May 10, 2023 Thank you for the kind introduction. On behalf of my 13,000 colleagues at the USPTO…

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USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

The USPTO is seeking nominations to fill upcoming PPAC and TPAC vacancies

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Remarks by USPTO Deputy Director Derrick Brent at the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Lawyers Association

Remarks as prepared Derrick Brent, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO to the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Lawyers Association March 29, 2023 Congratulations again to Ken Ohriner and Paul Menes for receiving pro bono awards…

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USPTO’s Green Energy Innovation Expo offers networking and potential partnership opportunities to advance technologies in the fight against climate change

The USPTO, the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC), and academic technology transfer non-profit AUTM are collaborating to host the Green Energy Innovation Expo on May 17 at USPTO headquarters.

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Statement of Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Kathi Vidal before the United States House of Representatives

STATEMENT OF KATHI VIDAL UNDER SECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON COURTS, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, AND THE INTERNET COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES “Oversight of…

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Record number of law firms boost participation in innovation economy among under-resourced inventors and small businesses

USPTO celebrates recipients of the 2022 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate; calls for more participation among practitioners

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USPTO announces Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for potential PTAB reforms

USPTO seeking public input on latest ANPRM

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USPTO announces new Trademarks for Humanity awards competition

Inaugural competition will recognize brand owners whose products and services improve our environment

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Reminder: USPTO transitioning to electronic patent grants occurring April 18 

All patents issued on April 18, 2023 and forward will be issued as eGrants

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Economic Note, Issue 103: Employment in IP-intensive industries during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

USPTO's Office of the Chief Economist's latest IP Economic Note examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment with a focus on industries that most intensively use various forms of intellectual property (IP).

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Remarks by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at Women in IP: Diversity and Inclusion

Remarks as delivered Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Women in IP: Diversity and Inclusion: Mentoring, Affinity Groups and the Collection of Demographic Data March 7, 2023 I have to take a picture of you all because this just warms my…

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USPTO’s Council for Inclusive Innovation launches new initiative to expedite patent applications of first-time filers

The new initiative benefits individuals or small businesses qualifying as a “micro entity“

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Global IP offices’ joint statement on International Women’s Day 2023: Innovation and technology for gender equality

Women’s entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity fosters technological advancement, enriches cultures, and contributes to economic growth

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USPTO announces new Patents for Humanity Green Energy category

Competition will recognize those who are responding to the challenges of climate change through the development of green energy technologies

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NOAA, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office create work-sharing program to advance green technology

The cornerstone of the collaboration is a work-sharing program focusing on the intersection of IP, climate, and environmental technologies

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USPTO ushers in new era with introduction of electronic patent grants

Under the new process, patent recipients will receive their electronic patent grant in PDF format on the day of issuance.

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USPTO to rename Public Search Facility after pioneering Black patent examiner Henry Baker

A lawyer, assistant patent examiner, and civil rights activist, Henry E. Baker spent over three decades compiling his list of Black patent holders.

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Remarks by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at the Patents for Humanity: COVID-19 awards ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Patents for Humanity: COVID-19 awards ceremony February 16, 2023 Thank you, Soma, for your kind introduction. Welcome to everyone who is joining us in-person, and all of…

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Nomination period opens for prestigious National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement and is presented to recipients by the President of the United States

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USPTO introduces new tool to help creators identify their intellectual property

Director Kathi Vidal announced the launch of the agency’s new intellectual property (IP) Identifier tool

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USPTO seeks public comments on draft 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is seeking public comments on the draft 2022-2026 Strategic Plan.

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Remarks by USPTO Deputy Director Derrick Brent at the PTAB Boardside Chat

Remarks as prepared for delivery Derrick Brent, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO PTAB Boardside Chat December 15, 2022 I have enjoyed a career that has spanned every branch of the federal government, private practice, corporate practice…

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Vaishali Udupa to join USPTO as new Commissioner for Patents

Andrew Faile, acting Commissioner for Patents and long-time USPTO employee, to retire at the end of 2022

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USPTO launches new Virtual Assistant

USPTO launches Trademarks Virtual Assistant to enhance customer service

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USPTO announces new Public Advisory Committee members to support USPTO policies and operations

The USPTO announces new Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees members who will participate in regular meetings to discuss the USPTO’s patent and trademark operations

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IP office heads pledge cooperation to promote innovation and combat counterfeiting and piracy

Today, the heads of the intellectual property (IP) offices of the Group of Seven (G7) countries met virtually to discuss international cooperation on IP

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USPTO meets with educators at InventEd Convening

InventEd hosts teachers to encourage students innovation and problem solving

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Patents in space

USPTO trading cards feature astronauts who own patents used in space.

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USPTO announces Cancer Moonshot Expedited Examination Pilot Program

To further accelerate innovation in the health and medical fields, the USPTO has published a Federal Register Notice announcing a new program: The Cancer Moonshot Expedited Examination Pilot Program

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Economic Note, Issue 102: USPTO pilot program reduced gender disparities in patenting

USPTO's Office of the Chief Economist released an IP Economic Note and working paper examining the causal impacts from the first randomized control trial (RCT) undertaken by the USPTO.

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Remarks by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at the Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative

Remarks as delivered Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative November 30, 2022 Thank you, Qyana. I just met Qyana a couple of weeks ago when the Deputy Director and I were speaking at Howard University, and I…

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More Pro Bono: USPTO to expand Law School Clinic Certification Program

Program accepting law school clinic submissions through January 5, 2024

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USPTO and the Department of Commerce launch Women’s Entrepreneurship (WE) initiative to empower more women founders across America

The official WE launch event will take place on Wednesday, November 30 from 12–1 p.m. EDT at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Latest USPTO report finds a 32% increase in the number of U.S. counties where women patented between 1990 and 2019

The report pinpoints women inventor-patentees across U.S. counties, and examines growth over the 1990-2019 period to better understand women’s participation in IP

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USPTO seeks public feedback on initiatives to expand opportunities to practice before the agency 

The USPTO is seeking public input on two new FRNs aimed at expanding opportunities to practice before the agency

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Remarks by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at the International Copyright Institute

Remarks as prepared for delivery Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO International Copyright Institute (ICI) September 27, 2022 Thank you, Shira, for that kind introduction. A big thank you to the World Intellectual Property Organization (…

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USPTO’s Council for Inclusive Innovation adds government leaders to top spots in whole-of-government approach to expand American entrepreneurship and innovation

Department of Commerce and USPTO today announced the addition of new Co-Vice Chairs of the Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2).

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Convenient Patent Public Search tool replacing four legacy systems this fall

On September 30, the USPTO's new Patent Public Search tool (PPUBS) is replacing four legacy tools

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USPTO Director Kathi Vidal announced as NACIE co-chair

Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, has been appointed as a Federal Co-Chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE).

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Remarks by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at the Global Forum on Intellectual Property

Remarks as delivered Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Global Forum on Intellectual Property Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore September 6, 2022 Thank you, Isabelle Tan, Director of the Registry of Trademarks at the…

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USPTO welcomes Caren Ulrich Stacy as lead DEIA advisor

Director Kathi Vidal announced the appointment of Caren Ulrich Stacy as the agency’s lead DEIA advisor, effective immediately.

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USPTO adds key executives to leadership team

USPTO adds key executives to leadership team

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Remarks by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at the TPAC quarterly meeting

Remarks as delivered Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Trademark Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting July 29, 2022 Thank you, Susan. Thank you for your leadership. David, thank you for your leadership. And thank you to all the…

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USPTO offers resources to support transition to Patent Center system

On August 1, the USPTO's Patent Center system will fully replace Public PAIR

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USPTO welcomes Derrick Brent as Deputy Director

Gina M. Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Kathi Vidal, Director of the USPTO, announce Derrick Brent as the new Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO.

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USPTO seeks public input through a Request for Comments on Director review, Precedential Opinion Panel review, and internal circulation and review of Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions

The USPTO today released a Request for Comments seeking public input on Director review, Precedential Opinion Panel review, and internal circulation and review of PTAB decisions.

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USPTO becomes a partner in international green-technology platform, WIPO GREEN

The USPTO today became a technology partner to the global green-technology platform of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), WIPO GREEN.

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USPTO and WIPO agree to partner on dispute resolution efforts related to standard essential patents

The USPTO and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today agreed to undertake joint efforts to facilitate the resolution of disputes related to standard essential patents.

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USPTO modernizes patent, trademark assignment request process

USPTO’s online portals to accept all Assignment Recordation and Examination requests on August 1

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Remarks by Director Kathi Vidal at the AI/ET Partnership Series #1: Kickoff – USPTO AI/ET activities and patent policy

Remarks as Delivered Kathi Vidal Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO AI/ET Partnership Series #1: Kickoff – USPTO AI/ET activities and patent policy Jun 29, 2022 Thank you, Jerry. And thanks to Charles Kim and the USPTO’s AI and emerging technologies…

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Remarks by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at the 2022 SelectUSA Investment Summit

Remarks as Prepared Kathi Vidal Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO 2022 SelectUSA Investment Summit Jun 28, 2022 Thank you to everyone attending this session. The SelectUSA Summit is extremely exciting, and important. I am glad the U.S. Patent and...

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Modern, user-friendly Patent Center to fully replace legacy Public PAIR system this summer

The already operational Patent Center provides a faster, more streamlined search experience for applicants accessing publicly available patents and application file information

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IP Economic Note, Issue 101: Exports and imports by U.S. IP-intensive industries

USPTO Office of the Chief Economist released IP Economic Note, Issue 101 on the exports and imports by U.S. IP-intensive industries.

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Following a series of Supreme Court decisions, new USPTO report on patent subject matter eligibility finds diversity of views regarding the current state of jurisprudence in the U.S.

In response to a request from lawmakers, the USPTO today released a report to Congress detailing the results of the call for public comments regarding U.S. jurisprudence on patent subject matter eligibility.

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Two American inventors win 2022 European Patent Office innovation prizes

Two American inventors win 2022 European Patent Office innovation prizes

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Director Vidal provides clarity to Patent Trial and Appeal Board practice on discretionary denials of patent challenges based on parallel litigation

The Director of the USPTO today issued a memorandum on the “Interim Procedure for Discretionary Denials in AIA Post-Grant Proceedings with Parallel District Court Litigation” (“guidance memo”) that clarifies PTAB practice.

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Remarks by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at the 2022 Bench & Bar Conference

Remarks as Delivered Kathi Vidal Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO 2022 Bench & Bar Conference Fireside Chat Jun 16, 2022 Azra Hadzimehmedovic: I have the distinct pleasure of welcoming Director Vidal with us today in person. It has been two…

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Remarks by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at the PTAB Pro Bono Fireside Chat

Remarks Prepared for Kathi Vidal Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO PTAB Pro Bono Boardside Chat June 9, 2022 Thank you for your warm introduction Lead Judge Ahmed. Thank you also to patent attorney Grant Corboy, Lead Judge Stacey White, and Deputy…

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The Department of Justice, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and National Institute of Standards and Technology withdraw 2019 Standards-Essential Patents (SEP) policy statement

The withdrawal “best serves the interests of innovation and competition” conclude the three Agencies

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After a nearly 30-year career at the USPTO, Drew Hirshfeld to step down later this month

Drew Hirshfeld announced his final day in office will be June 21, capping off a nearly three-decades long career at America’s Innovation Agency.

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USPTO announces launch of Climate Change Mitigation Pilot Program

This program is a component of the USPTO’s commitment to explore accelerated review of patent applications pertaining to climate-related topics.

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Update on termination of Rospatent as an ISA and IPEA for international applications

USPTO notified Rospatent of the USPTO’s intent to terminate ​their agreement concerning Rospatent functioning as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA)

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Remarks by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Remarks Prepared for Kathi Vidal Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit May 24, 2022 It is my absolute pleasure to be here in Colorado at the annual ARPA-E meeting to describe how important the U.S. system of patent…

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USPTO enters Phase 3 and reopens facilities to the public

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) fully reopened all locations to employees and resumed some in-person events and appointments for the public.

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USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

The USPTO is seeking nominations to fill up to three upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and up to three upcoming vacancies Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC).

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USPTO advances inclusive innovation with new web resource

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published a new webpage to broaden participation in innovation.

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Trademark e-registration certificate issuance accelerated to May 24

Our Trademark and IT teams are accelerating our transition to electronic registration certificates. Starting May 24, two weeks earlier than announced, we will begin issuing electronic registration certificates.

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Remarks by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at PPAC

Remarks Prepared for Kathi Vidal Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee May 10, 2022 Thank you, Steve, for the kind introduction. I’m very pleased to be attending my first PPAC meeting as the new Director of the USPTO. I…

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Record number of practitioners and law firms helped under-resourced inventors and small businesses protect their innovations in 2021

USPTO announces and thanks recipients of the 2021 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate; calls for more

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Update on interactions with Rospatent

The U.S Department of Treasury has authorized certain intellectual property-related transactions in Russia.

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Remarks by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at the INTA Convention

Remarks Prepared for Kathi Vidal Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO International Trademark Association Annual Convention May 3, 2022 Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Thank you, Jenny, for the wonderful introduction. Thank you also for…

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Electronic registration certificates

As part of its efforts to move to full electronic processing of trademark applications and registrations, the USPTO will begin issuing electronic trademark registration certificates on June 7, 2022.

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Remarks by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at the 15th Annual Design Day

Remarks delivered at the USPTO Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Kathi Vidal April 21, 2022 Virtual As Delivered Thank you so much, Lakiya. I am looking forward to working with you. I also want to thank Karen Young, who is the director of our design technology center and for her…

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USPTO announces emphasis on transparency as it works to formalize Director review process

The USPTO has announced formalizing the Director review process and has provided increased transparency through new and updated resources.

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Remarks by Director Vidal at the Fordham IP Conference

Remarks delivered at the 29th Annual Fordham IP Conference Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Kathi Vidal April 21, 2022 Virtual Thank you so much, Hugh. As you know, it took a while to get through the confirmation process, and we have a big list of things we want to do. We’ve been…

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USPTO updates webpages on interim process for Director review

The USPTO has updated its web resources on the interim process for Director review to increase transparency about the process.

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USPTO Welcomes New Director Kathi Vidal

America’s Innovation Agency – the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – today welcomed Kathi Vidal as the new Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and agency Director.

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Remarks by Director Vidal at Swearing-in

Remarks delivered at the USPTO headquarters Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Kathi Vidal April 13, 2022 In-person Thank you, [Federal Circuit] Judge [Pauline] Newman. Thank you, [Federal Circuit Chief] Judge Kimberly Moore. I’m thrilled to be here today to serve our country and to…

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USPTO launches PTAB Pro Bono Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a collaboration with the PTAB Bar Association establishing a new Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Pro Bono Program.

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USPTO statement on engagement with Russia, the Eurasian Patent Organization, and Belarus

The USPTO has terminated engagement with Rospatent, the Eurasian Patent Organization, and the national IP office of Belarus.

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Latest USPTO report finds industries that intensively use intellectual property protection account for over 41% of U.S. gross domestic product, employ one-third of total workforce

Third edition in series on IP-intensive industries offers greater insight into demographics of IP workforce, reinforces that “IP protection is good for American businesses and their employees”

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Global IP offices’ joint statement on International Women’s Day 2022: Gender equality for a sustainable tomorrow

The statement underscores the importance of supporting women in the IP realm and how advancing inclusion will pave the way for a better tomorrow.

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New USPTO study finds no one company dominating 5G

A new report published by the USPTO, “Patenting Activity among 5G Technology Developers,” concludes that there is global competition in 5G innovation, with no one company dominating the field.

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USPTO seeks nominations for prestigious National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The USPTO seeks nominations for the 2022 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement and is presented to recipients by the President of the United States.

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USPTO launches new Patent Public Search tool and webpage

The enhanced platform will allow users to search remotely and simplify the search process by consolidating the capabilities of four legacy search programs.

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USPTO launches TTAB Pro Bono Clearinghouse Program

The USPTO launched a Pro Bono Clearinghouse Recognition Program for the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) to facilitate free legal assistance to individuals and businesses involved in proceedings before the TTAB.

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Joint Statement by USPTO and JPO on efforts to further improve the Patent Prosecution Highway

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Japan Patent Office (JPO) intend to further improve their Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs.

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USPTO announces new Public Advisory Committee members

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new membership to its Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees.

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Remarks delivered at the Quarterly Meeting of the Patent Public Advisory Committee

Drew Hirshfeld, Performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO November 18, 2021 Virtual As delivered I’d like to first thank you [PPAC Chair] Julie [Mar-Spinola] for your seven years of service and your tireless…

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McGruff the Crime Dog® teams up with USPTO to take a bite out of fake goods sold online

As part of the "Go For Real" anti-counterfeiting campaign, the NCPC and the USPTO today released a series of ads informing younger buyers and their parents about the serious dangers of buying fake goods.

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USPTO implements the Trademark Modernization Act

Regulations implementing the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA) will go into effect on December 18, 2021.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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

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.

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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 14 th 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…

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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…

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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 Committe e (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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Remarks by Director Iancu at International Trademark Association (INTA) 141 st 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,…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued U.S. patent number 10 million.

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Help us LEAP forward with PTAB assistance for practitioners and inventors

Opportunity in the innovation community is for everyone. Only when every inventor and entrepreneur has an equal chance to bring their new ideas and products to the global marketplace does our nation truly thrive.

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AI and inventorship guidance: Incentivizing human ingenuity and investment in AI-assisted inventions

The new Inventorship Guidance for AI-Assisted Inventions provides instructions to determine whether the human contribution to an innovation is significant enough to qualify for a patent when AI also contributed.

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Support for protecting and enforcing your IP in China

Protecting and enforcing intellectual property (IP) rights in China has been an essential part of our agency efforts to strengthen the global IP system.

Director Vidal poses with two local entrepreneur and business owners at China IP roadshow event
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Improving our service to America’s innovators

As part of our modernization efforts to provide more extensible technology and functionality, the Patent Center system will fully replace EFS-Web and Private PAIR.

Commissioner for Patents Vaishali Udupa and Under Secretary Vidal sit on stage and speak to an audience
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Tips on taking control of your creative IP

Working to strengthen the IP ecosystem through new laws, policies, practices and collaborations also impresses upon our youth, women across the globe, and our military the importance of protecting IP.

USPTO Director Vidal and Kim Tignor talk about the importance of creators participating in the IP economy
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Latest updates on artificial intelligence and intellectual property

When it comes to AI, there is enormous potential for our country and for solving world problems—but there are significant risks as well. To shape the future of AI, we must act quickly, but also thoughtfully.

Commissioner for Patents Vaishali Udupa standing at podium speaking to an audience
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What to expect from our new trademark search system (and why we’re replacing TESS)

Although TESS has served us well, its long tenure is ending in November. We now have an opportunity to provide a more stable, modern search experience that can grow and adapt to the needs of the trademark community.

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How the domicile address requirement advances our trademark anti-fraud efforts

We recently issued an examination guide to clarify steps examining attorneys must take to evaluate the validity of a trademark applicant’s “domicile address” as included in their application. Learn about why it's important.

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Working globally to address climate change through sustainable innovation

Director Vidal hosted the leaders of the largest IP offices in the world and then led the USPTO delegation to the 64th Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO. Both gatherings focused on how to support sustainable innovation.

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Supporting our military community

Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo joined Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Kathi Vidal for a workshop and resource fair for military personnel, spouses, and veterans.

USPTO staff Alford Kindred and Harry Kim share entrepreneurship resources with military personnel and spouses at Hanscom Air Force Base
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Patenting innovation in climate science

Parikha Mehta has spent the last four months focused on the intersection of intellectual property and climate and environmental technologies while on an employee exchange at NOAA from the U.S Patent and Trademark Office.

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Our plan for the future

We're excited to announce the publication of our 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, shaped by comments from our employees, public advisory committees, IP industry groups, and the public.

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Ready, set, compete! How we’re helping veterans and military family members innovate and start new businesses

Many of America’s outstanding innovators and leaders are veterans. Skills gained from service, including teamwork, integrity, and being organized, disciplined, adaptable, and focused, prepare them well for entrepreneurship.

Director Vidal with service members, military spouses, and veteran entrepreneurs at MacDill Air Force Base on March 29
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Patent Pro Bono Program expands and reaches underserved populations with free legal services

We've been on a nationwide tour to share information about our Patent Pro Bono Program and other free services for entrepreneurs, so that we can help bring new entrepreneurs and inventors into the innovation ecosystem.

Deputy Director Brent discussed USPTO resources, including the Patent Pro Bono Program, in a fireside chat with Leshell Hatley
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Announcing the winners of the 2023 National Patent Application Drafting Competition

On April 14, law students gathered from around the country in the exciting final round of the National Patent Application Drafting Competition (NPADC) at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Don’t miss it! Join us for World Intellectual Property Day

Every year on April 26, we join intellectual property (IP) organizations from across the globe to celebrate World Intellectual Property (IP) Day. This year’s theme is “Women and IP: Accelerating innovation and creativity.”

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With artificial intelligence speeding the innovation process, what does that mean for invention and a properly balanced patent system?

Artificial intelligence is one of the most powerful technologies of our generation, presenting big opportunities and risks. At the USPTO, we're working on the responsible introduction of AI into our workflow and government.

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One year of bringing innovation to impact

If 2022 was about listening and gathering the input and data to make meaningful, sustainable change, 2023 is about action. As set forth in our draft 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, the USPTO is advancing five strategic goals.

Kathi Vidal speaks on a conference stage, sitting with two other people, with logo for the ARPA-E energy innovation summit in the background
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New Trademarks for Humanity awards competition: Branding a better future

The USPTO is launching the first-ever Trademarks for Humanity awards competition. The inaugural competition seeks to recognize those who are trying to solve environmental challenges and the importance of their trademarks.

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Spotlight on Debbie Stephens: Driving change and modernization in information technology systems

Debbie Stephens, Deputy Chief Information Officer for the USPTO, has served at the agency for more than 30 years in multiple leadership roles. She has worked to improve electronic processing of patent applications.

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Apply by March 31 to the USPTO’s National Summer Teacher Institute!

Are you a teacher looking to equip your students with the confidence to solve real world problems? Attend the USPTO’s National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property.

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Increasing transparency, boosting competition, and supporting innovation can deliver better choices for farmers in the seed marketplace

The Biden-Harris Administration, including the USDA and the USPTO, recognizes the importance of innovation in the seed and agricultural space.

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Free resources inventors and entrepreneurs need to know about

Do you know about the free resources the USPTO offers for inventors and entrepreneurs? From free legal assistance to patent and trademark boot camps, each of our programs provides one-on-one assistance.

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Beyond Baker’s list: Black innovation then and now

Learn how the inventors on Baker’s List have been changing the world for generations as creators, disruptors, and trailblazers in their respective industries, and how Black excellence in invention continues today.

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EquIP HQ: Empowering students and teachers with invention and intellectual property skills

EquIP HQ is the USPTO’s newest invention education resource. The online platform, created by and for the USPTO, provides free tools to teach students real-world invention and intellectual property (IP) skills.

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Black History Month: Advocating for and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion at the USPTO

This blog post is part of a series showcasing the diverse African American leaders from across the U.S. Department of Commerce in honor of Black History Month.

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Connecting entrepreneurs with government resources at CES

In early January, Deputy Director Derrick Brent attended CES for the first time ever. As a fan of gadgets, technology, and innovation, the experience was amazing. It was a chance to see today and a chance to see tomorrow.

Deputy Director Brent meets with businesses at CES 2023
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Help our nation honor the innovators who have inspired you

To recognize top innovators, we are currently accepting nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI), our nation's highest honor for technological achievement.

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USPTO’s Trademark Public Advisory Committee: Where we’ve been and where we’re headed

The USPTO’s Trademark Public Advisory Committee's (TPAC) role is to provide input to the Director of the USPTO on the management, policy, goals, performance, budget, and user fees related to trademark operations.

Quarterly TPAC meeting in July 2022
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The Unleashing American Innovators Act: Promoting inclusive innovation under the new law

The USPTO has been working feverishly to unleash America’s potential. Since April 2022, we expanded our pro bono efforts, focused on outreach and impact, and are working on ways to better support those new to innovation.

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Top three helpful tips for filing patent applications as you move to DOCX format

The USPTO is moving to DOCX, which will provide quick feedback to applicants to correct applications before they hit the examiner’s desk and allow communication between different countries' intellectual property systems.

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Recognizing life-saving COVID-19 innovations

It’s a privilege to announce the five winners of our Patents for Humanity: COVID-19 category competition. We recognize them for responding rapidly to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic with game-changing technologies.

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Increasing representation of Native Americans in STEM and innovation

Read about efforts to increase Native American representation in STEM. DOC agencies, including the USPTO, also offer resources to support all innovators, including those in underrepresented communities like Native Americans.

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See yourself at the USPTO: Find a student program for you

The future of our country hinges on our youth. To help them succeed, we provide high school, college, and law students with unique opportunities to leverage their innate skills while building new ones for continued growth.

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Jumpstart your career with LEAP!

Over two years ago, the USPTO introduced the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) to provide the next generation of patent practitioners with hands-on experience before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

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Hispanic inventors and entrepreneurs bring new technologies to market

This month, the U.S. Department of Commerce is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and Hispanic communities. Here are three stories of Hispanic entrepreneurs and innovators that help fulfill the promise of America for all.

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Register for the 2022 Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

Join the (USPTO's free, online 2022 Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program on Wednesday, October 12 from 1-4 p.m. ET, where successful Hispanic innovators will discuss their creative and business journeys.

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Standard essential patent policy and practices: We want to hear from you!

Technical standards have brought many benefits to society, from the phones in our pockets to the computer networks that support our communications with colleagues and family.

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Go for Real: An innovative USPTO partnership helping young consumers avoid dangerous fakes

As America’s Innovation Agency, the USPTO is working to change the narrative around purchasing counterfeit products and informing consumers about the dangers and consequences of purchasing counterfeit goods.

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Advancing U.S. interests abroad

The Biden Administration is strengthening international engagement and economic growth by working in partnership with other countries to enhance resilience, sustainability, inclusiveness, fairness, and competitiveness.

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Call for collaboration with stakeholders

We are working to improve our processes, technology, and training. Each and every one of us is committed to providing the best service possible for all innovators and entrepreneurs, from pro se to experienced.

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Patent Public Search tool – a streamlined way to search all U.S. published patent applications

As part of our ongoing effort to modernize and streamline our systems, we unveiled an all new Patent Public Search (PPUBS) tool. PPUBS is a free online search tool for all U.S. published patent applications and patent grants.

Patent Public Search tool
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Duty of disclosure and duty of reasonable inquiry promote robust and reliable patents, drive competition and economic growth, and bring life-saving drugs to the American people

The important contributions developed by the U.S. pharmaceutical industry, such as nearly eradicating diseases like smallpox, polio, measles, and meningitis, have been made possible because of our strong patent protection.

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Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and the USPTO’s Council for Inclusive Innovation expand innovation to promote jobs and U.S. prosperity

To unlock the potential of every American and promote economic prosperity, we must not only protect innovation, we must tap into communities traditionally underrepresented in the innovation ecosystem.

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Providing clear guidance on patent subject matter eligibility

Stakeholders generally agree that the law on patent eligibility needs to be clear, predictable, and consistently applied. This will allow innovators to attract investment and collaborations to bring more innovation to impact.

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The search for lost X-patents

In December 1836, a catastrophic fire at the United States Patent Office destroyed records of American innovation kept since the earliest days of the Republic. We call patents from this era (1790-1836) “X-patents.”

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Modernizing the management of patent applications with Patent Center

On August 1, we will replace the Public Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) tool with Patent Center, a new, unified system with a user-friendly interface for electronically filing and managing patent applications.

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The Biden Administration is acting to promote competition and lower drug prices for all Americans

President Biden is helping Americans protect and preserve their health and live with the dignity of knowing that they can care for themselves and their loved ones.

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Safeguarding the trademark community against fraud with identity verification

Starting August 6, 2022, the USPTO is taking the important and necessary step of requiring all trademark filers to verify their identities as a condition for filing electronic trademark forms.

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Celebrating LGBTQ+ Inventors and Entrepreneurs

This month, the U.S. Department of Commerce is celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and paying tribute to the many LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and innovators who help fulfill the promise of America for all.

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Visit the reopened National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum

The National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum is now open to the public! Located at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, there's something for everyone inside the walls of this tribute to American innovation.

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PTAB Pro Bono Program: Helping inventors obtain legal counsel for PTAB proceedings

The USPTO is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from qualified inventors for free legal assistance in ex parte appeal proceedings through the PTAB Pro Bono Program.

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Incentivizing and protecting innovation in artificial intelligence and emerging technologies

To build on our efforts to engage with stakeholders on artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies (ET), we are forming a partnership with the AI and ET communities, bringing them together to share their insights.

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Doing our part to mitigate climate change: fast-tracking green innovations

Through programs like the Climate Change Mitigation Pilot Program, we're working to incentivize and expedite clean energy technologies that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change.

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Celebrating Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander inventors and entrepreneurs

The U.S. Department of Commerce celebrated Americans from Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. Here are three stories of inspiring AANHPI entrepreneurs and innovators.

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Just getting started

Since I was sworn in a little over a month ago, we at USPTO have hit the ground running. I wanted to share an update with you.

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Three upcoming events for inventors and entrepreneurs you won’t want to miss

USPTO hosts InventionCon, Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, and Proud Innovation events for aspiring or established innovators.

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You spoke, we listened: easing the transition to DOCX

To address concerns that the new DOCX format might result in conversion discrepancies, through December 31, 2022, applicants may upload a backup PDF version of their application with their DOCX version for no extra cost.

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Protecting design innovations in new and emerging technologies

The USPTO released a summary of comments received on whether the USPTO’s interpretation of the “article of manufacture” requirement for design patents should be reevaluated.

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USPTO highlights trailblazing women inventors in collectible cards

In honor of Women’s History Month, read inspiring stories of notable women innovators who have made lasting contributions to our nation’s history, economy, and way of life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at PPAC Quarterly Meeting

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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

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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

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

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

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

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Patent Community Symposium

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at South by Southwest

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Iowa STEM Day

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Microsoft Tech Lab

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Remarks by Deputy Director Russell Slifer at PatentsView Inventor Disambiguation Workshop

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

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

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Quarterly PPAC Meeting

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

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

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at University of California, Los Angeles School of Law Luncheon

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Remarks by Deputy Director Russell Slifer "All You Want to Know about China IP Program"

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Patent Reform Forum

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Columbia Global Centers

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

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Remarks by Deputy Director Russell Slifer at The International Conference on Intellectual Property and Value Creation

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Seoul, Korea on May 18th, 2015.

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

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

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

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

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Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at NYIPLA

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Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Quality Summit

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

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Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at South by Southwest

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

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Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at the Trilateral Meeting

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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"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…

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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...

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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...

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"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)…

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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,…

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ABA-IPL - 29th IP Law Conference Luncheon Keynote Address

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee ABA-IPL - 29th IP Law Conference Luncheon Keynote Address Arlington, VA, April 4, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you. And to everyone here today, good afternoon. It's a true…

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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…

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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…

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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...

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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…