IP Programs and Awards

Upcoming Events

Join us on the first Tuesday of every month to get your questions on intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets answered. The sessions take place on 2nd floor in the OED Office, or occasionally on the first floor in the QF Innovation Lounge. Walk ins are...

The USPTO will be participating in the 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference . On Monday, March 11th, Texas Regional Director Hope Shimabuku will serve as a panelist on the topic of "IP and the Internet of Things." Additional representatives from the USPTO will also be participating in various...

The USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office invites you to join us for Part I of its series The Path to a Patent. In this module, we will provide a brief overview of the different types of intellectual property (including trademarks and copyrights) and take an in-depth look at the patenting process...

News & Updates

United States moves up in international rankings for patent protection

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) ranked the United States in second place for Patents, Related Rights, and Limitations in its 2019 International IP Index, reflecting a significant improvement in patent protection policy. In addition, this year...

Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2018 National Medal of Technology and Innovation . The medal is the country's highest award for technological achievement and is presented by the President of the United States....

Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2016 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological...

President Obama to Honor Nation’s Leading Scientists and Innovators

Today, the White House announced the latest recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation—our Nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. The new awardees will receive their medals at a White...

U.S. Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force to Host Series of Roundtables on Copyright Internet Policy Topics

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force will host roundtable discussions in cities around the country on several copyright Internet policy topics, as part of the work envisioned in the Green Paper. The purpose of the roundtables is to engage further with members of...

USPTO Creates New Office of International Patent Cooperation

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the creation of a new Office of International Patent Cooperation (OIPC). The OIPC will be led by Mark Powell who will serve as USPTO's first Deputy Commissioner for International Patent...

Nominations Deadline Extended for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is extending the nominations deadline for the 2014 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the president of the United States and is this country's highest award...

U.S. Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force to Host Multistakeholder Forum on Improving the Operation of the Notice and Takedown System under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Washington- The U.S. Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF) will hold the first meeting of the public multistakeholder forum on improving the operation of the notice and takedown system for removing infringing content from the Internet under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act...

USPTO and Dallas Entrepreneur Center Collaborate on Resource Sharing Initiatives

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support and promote the Dallas innovation community. Through the MOU, USPTO will...

World's Five Largest Intellectual Property Offices Release Annual IP5 Statistics Report

Washington - Last week, a coalition of the world's five largest patent offices - the IP5 - announced the release of the 2012 IP5 Statistics Report . The Report has been designed to facilitate an understanding of operations and patent procedures among the Offices, while providing a means for gauging...