Hispanic voices

At USPTO headquarters, a woman with dark hair wearing a lanyard is surrounded by seven diverse children who are gathering pipe cleaners and beads from her craft table.

At the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), we promote and practice inclusive innovation at all levels. Whether it’s reaching out to our stakeholders, nurturing our internal employee culture, or telling the story of how some of America’s coolest inventions were created; we know that innovation and diversity go hand in hand. 

One way we promote and practice the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is through our integrated Hispanic outreach strategy that amplifies Hispanic voices. 

As part of this strategy, we: 

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Outreach and recruitment 

We regularly participate as an exhibitor and provide speakers from our professional staff for national conferences hosted by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Our Diversity Program conducts quarterly “Find & Apply” employment webinars for university students, federal employees, and the public. 

Our Office of Policy and International Affairs, the Office of Innovation Outreach, and the Office of Public Engagement also engage in efforts to reach out to the Hispanic community nationwide. Learn more about our events that advance equity

Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, the USPTO honors National Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place September 15 to October 15. Officially established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, the month is an annual celebration of Hispanic American history, culture, and other achievements.  In the days leading to the start of the heritage month, we also recognize Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Week with a keynote event and collateral activities. 

A young girl with long dark brown pigtails and dark eyes smiles while looking at a laptop screen on a table at USPTO headquarters. Her caretaker, a woman with dark hair and dark eyes, leans over her shoulder, also looks at the screen, and clicks a computer mouse.

Volunteer Employee Organizations (VOEs)

The USPTO is also home to several VEOs—also known as Employee Resource Groups—that are focused on the Hispanic community. 


The first U.S. government professional chapter of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), SHPE-USPTO, was founded at our agency in 2009. SHPE’s programs foster the professional, educational, and cultural support that members rely on for career advancement and success at the USPTO. SHPE is also committed to outreach activities that inspire and encourage local students to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, such as the annual Noche de Ciencias/Night of Science event that draws more than 500 students, parents, and educators every year; the ReSET (Raising Excitement for Science, Engineering and Technology) Program; and the Building Better Futures Program. Learn more about SHPE-USPTO.

Latinos in Trademarks

Latinos in Trademarks (LIT), established in 2023, is the newest VEO in the agency. LIT aims to educate others about the diverse cultural heritage of the Latino community to reduce workplace bias and highlight the struggles and achievements of Latinos; support the agency’s DEIA goals; and assist LIT members in enhancing their careers through professional development, mentoring, networking, and other opportunities. 

Meet our team members

You can meet other USPTO team members on our Who we are page, which includes stories of the career journeys of a variety of USPTO professionals, including Hispanic professionals such as Diversity Officer Glorimar M. or Trademark Examining Attorney Keyla G.

You can also hear more of our employee quotes and celebratory moments by following us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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