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Monday Mar 23, 2020

USPTO launches the Expanding Innovation Hub, a new online platform to encourage greater participation in the patent system

Blog by Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and Laura Peter, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO

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“To maintain our technological leadership, the United States must broaden our innovation ecosphere demographically, geographically, and economically.”---USPTO Director Andrei Iancu

Today, as part of Women’s History Month, the USPTO has officially launched the Expanding Innovation Hub (“the Hub”), an online platform available on the USPTO website that provides resources for inventors and practitioners to encourage greater participation in the patent system. The new platform is yet another step the USPTO has taken to broaden the innovation ecosphere, to inspire novel inventions, to accelerate growth, and to drive America’s global competitive edge. It builds on our SUCCESS Act report to Congress of 2019, as well as our Progress and Potential report on women inventors.

“Expanding Innovation” is part of the USPTO’s effort to inspire more women, minorities, veterans, and geographically and socioeconomically diverse applicants to join the innovation economy. Important pillars of that effort include education and mentorship. On the Hub, you will find the new Demystifying the Patent System Toolkit, designed to help innovators understand the process of obtaining a patent. Additional resources on the Hub include the Mentoring Toolkit, intended to assist organizations in establishing an infrastructure to connect experienced innovators with the next generation in their organization; and Community Group Resources, designed to help organizations establish an infrastructure to connect groups of employees with shared characteristics, interests, and goals.

These new tools are in addition to many other efforts at the USPTO to help expand the innovation ecosystem. We will continue to host a wide variety of events to amplify this message, such as Invention-Con and the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium. We have a pro se assistance program to help inventors who are not represented by counsel apply for patents. We have a pro bono network, and we also work with 60 participating law school clinics, all to help inventors and entrepreneurs secure free or discounted legal services. We provide a host of other online resources to help guide and educate inventors as well. 

We also continue to expand our reach geographically. In addition to our headquarters in Alexandria, we have four regional offices in Detroit, Denver, San Jose, and Dallas, and 83 Patent and Trademark Resource Centers located in public, state, and academic libraries across the country. These centers not only offer a physical connection to valuable government resources, but they also offer regular programming, office hours, and staff trained to assist inventors and entrepreneurs with intellectual property (IP) research.

The USPTO also supports dozens of STEM-related programs that provide education about IP to young men and women. These include programs in partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, such as Camp Invention, which is offered in school districts in every state, and the Collegiate Inventors Competition, which takes place each year at the USPTO; the National Summer Teacher Institute, which brings invention and IP into the nation’s classrooms; collaborations with historically black colleges and universities; the Girl Scout IP patch, which is available to Girl Scout troops across the nation; and so much more. 

Now, with the new Expanding Innovation Hub on our website, inventors will have a central location to find information about all of our programs and resources.

America’s economic prosperity and technological leadership depend on a strong and inclusive innovation ecosystem. That is why it is so important to make sure all Americans have the opportunity to develop and protect their inventions, build thriving businesses, and succeed. It is therefore critical that industry, academia, and government work together to broaden our innovation ecosphere demographically, geographically, and economically. Please visit the Expanding Innovation Hub and check back often to engage with us in this critical endeavor.


A great initiative by the uspto. This will help in finding the patents much easier and cheaper.

Posted by Joe Root on April 05, 2020 at 03:51 AM EDT #

America’s economic prosperity and technological leadership depend on a strong and inclusive innovation ecosystem.

Posted by Shayari realty on April 13, 2020 at 06:44 AM EDT #

Why does the USPTO continue to preach a false doctrine? The SUCCESS Act Study revealed 79% of independent inventors who provided testimony said the inability to enforce & defend a patent at the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board once they receive it is a barrier to participating in the US patent system. Telling underrepresented groups they'll benefit from sharing their idea with the public in pursuit of a patent, when they ultimately cannot enforce/defend it once received, is telling them a lie. Inventors told this very thing to the USPTO. As one witness put it: "What good is a patent if you can't defend it?" See If you care about your ideas, do not seek a patent in the United States until the USPTO stands behind and defends the patents it grants to inventors. The only way to do that is Congress. Go to, sign the resolution, and be prepared to call your Congressperson and demand change.

Posted by Jeff Hardin on April 20, 2020 at 01:45 PM EDT #

it will make absolute sense if the academia, and government work together to broaden our innovation ecosphere demographically, geographically, and economically. Just as you rightly mention in your awesome post.

Posted by Tommy on April 22, 2020 at 03:59 PM EDT #

A wonderful initiative by the USPTO. I think innovation in the ecosystem is the good option.

Posted by William Luke on April 30, 2020 at 01:16 PM EDT #

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