About the USPTO Website

The USPTO debuted a redesigned website February 2015. The redesign includes new navigation making it easier to access services and accomplish tasks; for example, the Quick Links menu will connect you to the most heavily used tools for searching, filing, paying, or checking on the status of an application.

This redesign is the first phase of our work to upgrade users’ USPTO online experience. Future phases will improve our “transactional sites”—the online tools and systems where you conduct business with the USPTO, such as filing your federal trademark application or paying the fees for your patent. The design of the website and other online tools is guided by USPTO's Design Pattern Library.

We will continue to make adjustments and improvements to the website post-launch, and will describe these improvements in our Release Notes. We welcome feedback from users as we continue to improve the site post-launch—there are several ways to send us feedback or report an issue using the website.

How-To Videos

Using Quick Links

Quick Links are the fastest way for experienced users to access our most heavily used online tools.

Sharing Website Feedback, Reporting a Website Issue, or Asking for Help with the Website

There are several mechanisms to ask for assistance or share feedback, found throughout the site.


Release Notes

The website launched in February 2015, and we will continue to make improvements to the website. Our release notes highlight recent improvements.

Release Notes:

September 16th, 2016

  • Search feature enabling searches by keyword of all Inventor's Eye newsletter articles
  • Module to display 5 most recent USPTO job postings from USA jobs on Jobs homepage
  • FAQ improvements: faster return of search results, clearer helper text
  • Updates to the exit confirmation icon and messages for o
  • Approving multiple pages at once
  • Improvements to helpful/not helpful feedback form, including requiring an email

August 6th, 2016

  • Improvements to FAQs to enable the creation of automatic list pages of child subterms
  • Improvements to mobile display of biography pages
  • Added year option for articles/issues created pre-2013, to allow for creation of back issues of the Inventors Eye Newsletter

June 24, 2016

  • Improvements to make FAQs more scannable and sortable, including adding topic headings for FAQ lists and a third level of categorization and filter.
  • Improved instructions on the feedback forms
  • New features for the spotlight content type, including multi-select capabilities for improved filtering
  • Added additional search features for internal users when linking to a page

May 6, 2016

  • Associated an unique hyperlink with each FAQ
  • Matched mail and external link icons to the design in the pattern library
  • Fixed missing links in the megamenu navigation
  • Added ability to flag upcoming events and display them on a section landing page

March 25, 2016

  • Updated homepage headings and fonts
  • Add a count of feedback marked as unhelpful to the helpful/unhelpful feedback form
  • Fixed URL embedding of videos from Youtube
  • Change events listing display so all-day events show as "upcoming" until the event end time has passed

August 13, 2015

  • Content management & display enhancements
  • Adjustment of button color/design and button roll-over behavior

July 2, 2015

  • Optional name and e-mail fields added to "Helpful/Not Helpful" feedback form
  • In-text button functionality added

May 1, 2015

  • Segoe font implemented, with a fallback to Helevtica, then Arial
  • Font weights, sizes and colors adjusted for improved readability, based on user testing
  • "Quick Links" button color changed to green to improve readability, based on user testing
  • Green color used as an accent adjusted to match USPTO brand system approved colors

February 4, 2015

  • Improved publishing performance
  • Improved typography of sitemap
  • Addressed inconsistencies reported by users viewing the site in Internet Explorer 8
    • Improved page load performance for IE 8 users
    • Fixed overly large line heights occurring on major landing pages
    • Ensured Quick Links area properly loads in IE 8

January 29, 2015

  • Increased font size to 13 pixels for text appearing in blocks
  • Improved the spacing and alignment of unordered (bulleted) lists
  • Implemented various improvements to the design and function of the F.A.Q.s
    • Added a "go" button to perform a search of F.A.Q.s from the F.A.Q. search box
    • Added functionality so that hitting the "enter" key from the F.A.Q. search box will also perform a search
    • Added additional language explaining the ability to filter results
    • Changed auto-display in F.A.Q. search box to show first 10 matches
  • Created and published sitemap