University Outreach

The mission of the USPTO includes education about intellectual property, and as part of that mission we speak to audiences at colleges and universities across the country.

The USPTO University Outreach Program is run through the Office of Innovation Development.  In the spring of 2015, the Program sent more than 20 Supervisory Patent Examiners (SPEs) to 84 Colleges and Universities, speaking to over 4000 engineering, science, business and entrepreneur students about intellectual property (IP). 

This program offers the expertise of SPEs to assist students understand the importance of intellectual property in the world.  We can tailor the lectures to the audience.  Past lectures we have covered the basics of IP, on invention searching, patent examination, and on what IP rights can mean to you whether you have your own business or work for another. 

If you are interested in having the USPTO visit please email UniversityOutreach@USPTO.GOV and let us know what type of information you are looking for.  In addition to traveling to you, we can also offer presentations remotely via web-based tools.  


Map of Schools visited

University outreach map


List of Schools visited during the spring semester by state



Auburn University

Tuskegee University


Arizona State University


San Francisco State University

University of California - Berkeley

District of Columbia

American University Washington College of Law

Howard University

University of the District of Columbia


Bethune-Cookman University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Georgia Regents University

Georgia Tech University

University of Georgia

University of North Georgia


Northwestern University

University of Illinois


Notre Dame University


Dilliard University

Louisiana Tech University

Southern University and A&M College

Tulane University


University of Massachussetts - Dartmouth


Lawrence Technological University

University of Michigan


St. Cloud State University

University of Minnesota


Mississippi State University

University of Missouria Saint Louis


Saint Louis University Law School


University of Nevada - Reno

North Carolina 

Duke University

Eastern Carolina University

North Carolina State University

St. Augustine University

University of North Carolina - Charlotte

Winston-Salem State University


Kent State University

University of Akron

Youngstown State University


Rose State College

University of Central Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma


Carnegie Mellon University

Drexel University

Duquesne University

Temple University

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

Puerto Rico

Ana G. Mendez University System

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaquez

University of Puerto Rico Law School

University of the Sacred Heart

South Carolina 

Benedict College

Clemson University

Furman University


Christian Brothers University

University of Memphis


Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University School of Law

University of North Texas College of Law

University of North Texas Health Science Center


Brigham Young University

Utah State University


George Mason University

Hampton University

Norfolk State University

Old Dominion University

Prairie View A&M University

University of Virginia

Virginia Tech University


Milwaukee School of Engineering

University of Wisconsin