The various offices within the USPTO serve specific functions, both to the general public and the organization itself.

 

The Office of the Under Secretary (OUS) advises the president, the Secretary of Commerce, and the administration on intellectual property matters. The OUS ensures the agency achieves strategic and management goals.
Local
571-272-8600
Fax
571-273-0464
The Public Advisory Committees review the policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of the patent and trademark operations, respectively, and advise the USPTO director on these matters.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is created by statute, and includes statutory members and Administrative Patent Judges.
Local
571-272-9797
Fax
571-273-0053
TTAB hears and decides adversary proceedings involving: oppositions to the registration of trademarks, petitions to cancel trademark registrations and proceedings involving applications for concurrent use registrations of trademarks. The Board also decides appeals taken from the trademark examining attorneys' refusals to allow registration of trademarks. The TTAB Assistance Center is available for telephone and email inquiries Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. ET (except federal holidays).
Patents examines applications and grants patents on inventions when applicant is entitled; it publishes and disseminates patent information, records assignments of patents, maintains search files of U.S. and foreign patents.
Local
1-571-272-8800
Fax
1-571-273-8800
The Office of Trademarks is responsible for trademark examination policy, trademark operations, and trademark administration.
Local
571-272-8901
Fax
571-273-0029
Assists the Director of the USPTO in advising the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, and federal agencies on domestic and international IP issues.
Local
571-272-9300
The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (OCAO) is responsible for the overall administrative activities and functions of the USPTO. The OCAO consists of the Office of Administrative Services, the Office of Human Resources, and Telework Coordination.
Local
571-272-6000
Fax
571-273-0123
The Office of the Chief Communications Officer manages the USPTO's public affairs function and coordinates a wide variety of internal and external communications.
The Office of the Chief Financial Office (OCFO) advises the Under Secretary and Director on planning, budgetary, financial, and procurement matters. The OCFO also oversees implementation of and compliance with all federal laws and regulations pertaining to financial management, including the preparation of the USPTOs audited financial statements, financial management systems, and the planning and reporting of performance measures.
Local
571-272-9200
Fax
571-273-0095
The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on the application and transformation of information technology (IT) for the USPTO’s business.
Local
571-272-9400
Fax
571-273-0090
The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity provides leadership, direction, and guidance in carrying out its equal opportunity and civil rights responsibilities. The USPTO promotes equal opportunity by a continuing affirmative program that identifies and eliminates discriminatory practices and policies.
Local
571-272-8292
Fax
571-273-0154
The USPTO Office of the General Counsel (OGC) plays a vital role in the USPTO’s mission to issue patents and trademarks. It does so by providing timely and innovative legal advice.
Local
571-272-7000
Fax
571-273-0099