Small business vendors information

Are you a small business owner interested in working with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)? We depend on contractors and vendors to carry out our mission at the highest level. We are committed to integrating small businesses into our operations and providing them with opportunities to contribute to the future of domestic and global intellectual property protection.

At the USPTO, we want to ensure maximum practicable small business opportunities for both prime contractors and subcontractors. This page is intended to provide small businesses with helpful resources and insights into the USPTO's acquisition process by advocating strategies in requirements, highlighting important policies, and with direct industry outreach. 

Graph depicting the percentage of contracts awarded to small businesses at the USPTO based on socio-economic category.

The following details, as shown in the chart above, reflect the current goals and actual results of small business procurement contracts at the USPTO, cumulative through September 12, fiscal year 2018: Small Business Overall – 49% goal, 47% achieved; Small Disadvantaged Business – 14% goal, 18% achieved; 8 (a) Procedure – 6% goal, 8% achieved; Veteran Owned Small Business – 4% goal, 8% achieved; Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business – 3.5% goal, 5% achieved; Women Owned Small Business – 12% goal, 16% achieved; Certified HUBZone Small Business – 3% goal, 2% achieved.