Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality


The Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality (ODCPQ) supports the USPTO's goals to provide high quality patent products and services along with an outstanding customer experience through ongoing quality control & assurance, process improvement, training, and stakeholder issue resolution.

Featured programs and services:

Patent training and stakeholder events

  • Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT)
    The vILT program gives the public a better understanding of various topics related to examination practice and procedure based on training delivered to patent examiners
  • Stakeholder Training on Practice and Procedure (STEPP)
    Courses are led by patent trainers and based on material developed for training new patent examiners
  • Patent Quality Chat Webinars
    Offers timely information on patent quality initiatives with an opportunity to engage via live Q&A in a webinar-only format for practicioners and inventors 

Patent application issue resolution

Assists applicants with stalled and complex application issues to get applications back on track 

Contact us between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST at 571-272-5555, or request assistance by form or email. Or, for general patent inquiries, please visit Contact Patents

Useful resources:

Ways to get involved:

  • Patent Examiner Technical Training Program (PETTP)
    Invites technologists, scientists, engineers, and other experts from industry and academia to guest lecture and provide training to patent examiners
  • Site Experience Education Program (SEE)
    Provides organizations located within the continental U.S. the opportunity to voluntarily host patent examiners for technical site visits and expand their understanding of our Patents customers 

Divisions within the ODCPQ:

Office of Patent Training

The Office of Patent Training is committed to increasing the knowledge, ability, and skills of our patent employees and to delivering intellectual property information...

Office of Patent Quality Assurance

The Office of Patent Quality Assurance provides assessment and analysis of quality at the USPTO through work product reviews for compliance, clarity, and best practices...

Office of Process Improvement

The Office of Process Improvement (OPI) provides the methods, resources, and training to optimize USPTO business processes and strengthen the agency’s strategic goals of...