Second public hearing on the SUCCESS Act — POSTPONED

Hearing postponed

The second public hearing on the SUCCESS Act, originally scheduled to be held Thursday, May 16, in Detroit, Michigan, has been postponed. A new date for the hearing will be announced soon. Written comments on the act are still being accepted until June 30, 2019.


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. 

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.

Additional information

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

Other hearings

This hearing in Detroit, Michigan, is the second hearing. Other hearings will be held:

May 8, 2019, in Alexandria, Virginia

June 3, 2019, in San Jose, California