The Office of the Under Secretary and Director (OUS) supports the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), who is the principal advisor to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, and to the Administration on all intellectual property policy matters and the chief executive of the USPTO. The Director provides strategic leadership over all aspects of the USPTO, ensuring the agency achieves strategic and management goals, including quality, timeliness, cost-effectiveness, and transparency.
The OUS publishes a blog outlining issues of interest and concern to USPTO stakeholders, entrepreneurs, and the intellectual property community. There are frequent guest posts from the leadership of various business organizations across the USPTO.
The Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative (EPQI) works to strengthen work products, processes, and services, while measuring patent quality at all stages of the patent process.
The PTAB Procedural Reform Initiative uses historical data and user experiences to further shape and improve Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) trial proceedings, ensuring that the proceedings are as effective and fair as possible within the USPTO’s congressional mandate.
The Working Group on Regulatory Reform considers, reviews, and recommends ways that USPTO regulations can be improved, revised, and streamlined.
As a National Cancer Moonshot Task Force partner, the USPTO is harnessing the power of patent data to reveal new insights into investments around cancer therapy research and treatments.
Using "dashboards" of specific data, the Data Visualization Center is a quick source of USPTO information regarding processing and quality measures in the Patents, Trademarks, and the Office of Policy and External Affairs business units.
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) partners with Cornell University to provide USPTO and DOC resources directly to students, faculty and industry to help accelerate commercialization of new technologies.
Speech Requests/Speaking Engagements
Director Michelle K. Lee welcomes requests to speak to the public about USPTO priorities and initiatives. To request that Director Lee or another USPTO executive speak at your event, please complete our speaking request form.
The Office of Education and Outreach (OEO) provides educational and outreach programming for students, educators, and young inventors and innovators of all ages. The OEO...