Provide comments at the public hearing on the SUCCESS Act in Detroit

Are you interested in providing comments on the participation of women, minorities, and veterans in entrepreneurship activities and the patent system? The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is preparing a study on this subject, as required by the 2018 Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science (SUCCESS) Act. To assist in gathering information prior to compiling the report, the USPTO invites the public to provide written comments or oral testimony at one of three public hearings. 


This public hearing has been rescheduled from May 16, 2019 to June 18, 2019. Requests to testify or attend in person at the Detroit, Michigan, hearing should be submitted via email to The deadline to register has been extended from the original deadline of May 1, 2019, to June 13, 2019. Speakers may also submit a written copy of their testimony no later than June 30, 2019, for inclusion in the official record of the proceedings. The Federal Register Notice provides detailed information regarding how to participate in the public hearings or submit written comments.

Register to testify or attend

Submit a written comment

Written comments (in lieu of oral testimony at one of the three public meetings) will also be accepted. They should be submitted no later than June 30, 2019. For details, see the USPTO's SUCCESS Act webpage and the Federal Register Notice.


View the agenda here.


A transcript of the hearing is now available. 


Free parking is available in the parking garage at 600 River Place Drive, adjacent to our building. Guests must state they are visiting the USPTO.

Paid parking is across the street, payment is required just after parking ($4). Validate self-parking in the lobby with security, the parking attendant will provide a refund upon exit. Valet parking is not refundable. The parking fee refund is provided by building management. The USPTO is not responsible for parking fee refunds or any parking-related issues.

Additional information

The SUCCESS Act page provides additional information. For non-press inquiries, please call 571-272-9880, or email

To enter the facility, attendees are required to present a valid form of government-issued identification (such as a driver license or passport) and may be subject to screening to gain access.

Other hearings

This hearing in Detroit, Michigan, is one of three hearings. Other hearings will be held:

May 8, 2019, in Alexandria, Virginia

June 3, 2019, in San Jose, California