PTO Earns Kudos for Website

Press Release

Maria Victoria Hernandez
Brigid Quinn

The Patent and Trademark Office has been recognized by several organizations and received awards for its website ( PTO's website had a total of 41,671,231 hits in January 1999, which includes 7,960,810 web pages served and 2,559,888 patent and trademark database searches conducted.

Recent PTO website kudos:

  • Named by Law Office Computing Magazine as a top research site for legal professionals in 1999 in the April/May 1999 issue.
  • Popular Science Magazine's "50 Best of the Web" for 1998.
  • HMS Beagle's "Web Pick of the Day" 8 May 1998.
  • U.S. Patent Full Text Database selected for inclusion in the Scout Report (December 11, 1998), a weekly current awareness publication that highlights new and newly discovered Internet resources, at
  • Selected for inclusion in the BioMedLink database.
  • Selected for inclusion in the Small Business Information Search Engine database at
  • "" ranked PTO number one of the "1998 Top Ten Government Resource Sites."
  • Selected for inclusion in Webdata's Network Award database directory.
  • Links2Go Key Resource Award in the Intellectual Property category.

"The PTO website is a prime example of the Clinton administration's commitment to making government more relevant and accessible to Americans," said Q. Todd Dickinson, acting commissioner of patents and trademarks. "These awards and recognitions clearly prove that the Patent and Trademark Office is moving in the right direction to achieving that goal," said Dickinson.

The PTO is the Commerce Department's user fee-funded bureau that administers laws relevant to granting patents and registering trademarks; advises the secretary of commerce, the president of the United States, and the administration on patent, trademark and copyright protection; and advises the secretary of commerce, the president of the United States, and the administration on the trade-related aspects of intellectual property. Nearly 6 million patents have been issued since the first patent in 1790. Last year PTO issued 155,000 patents and registered 106,279 trademarks.