Provide comments at the public hearing on the SUCCESS Act in San Jose

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. 

Register to speak

Requests to testify in person at the San Jose, California, hearing should be submitted via email to The deadline to request to speak has been extended from the original deadline of May 1, 2019, to May 28, 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.

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.


View the agenda here.


A transcript of the hearing is now available.

Additional information

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

Please note that the Silicon Valley USPTO is a federal 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.

This event is accessible to individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation, including captioning, sign language interpreting, or other accommodation, please email or call 408-918-9900. 

Other hearings

This hearing in San Jose, California is the third hearing. Other hearings are being held:

May 8, 2019, in Alexandria, Virginia

June 18, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan (NEW DATE)