USPTO Videos

Transferring Ownership / Assignments

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    Learn how to resubmit a trademark request in Assignment Center. Assignment Center is a publicly available USPTO system for recording assignments and other documents relating to interests in patents and trademarks.
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    Learn how to start a trademark request in Assignment Center. Assignment Center is a publicly available USPTO system for recording assignments and other documents relating to interests in patents and trademarks.
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    Learn how to resubmit a patent request in Assignment Center. Assignment Center is a publicly available USPTO system for recording assignments and other documents relating to interests in patents and trademarks.
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    Learn how to use start a patent request in Assignment Center. Assignment Center is a publicly available USPTO system for recording assignments and other documents relating to interests in patents and trademarks.
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    Learn how to sign in to USPTO Assignment Center

Trademarks

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    Watch this free training webinar on the Madrid Protocol, a convenient option for trademark owners worldwide to file one streamlined application to register their trademark in up to 130 countries.
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    In this recorded webinar, we explore how to use advanced techniques when using the USPTO's trademark search system.
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    In this recorded webinar, we explore how to translate Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) search strings you can use in the USPTO's trademark search system.
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    In this recorded webinar, we explore the fundamentals of likelihood of confusion and how to use the USPTO's trademark search system.
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    Administrative Trademark Judges Peter Cataldo and Angela Lykos discuss best practices on navigating the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) process including practical considerations for creating a record, briefing and oral argument.
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    An engaging panel discussion providing practical tips for protecting yourself, your brand, and your clients from bad actors.
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    An in-depth discussion of failure-to-function refusals and how to respond when your mark fails to indicate the source of your goods or services. We’ll cover ornamentation, title of a single work, names of authors and performing artists, and goods in trade or service for others.
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    Learn more about registering trademarks for newer technologies, including non-fungible tokens (NFTs), blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and virtual goods. We’ll also cover examples of appropriate specimens and acceptable identifications of goods and services.

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    In this recorded webinar, we explore how to use advanced techniques to search the federal register using the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS).

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    In this recording, we discuss tips to strengthen your nonuse cancellation practice, including new website resources, common petition mistakes, and common evidentiary mistakes.

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    Did you use an online filing firm to submit your trademark application? If so, you may be the victim of fraud. To find out if you’ve been scammed, and learn what to do next, watch this short video.

    We take fraud seriously and are doing everything we can to...

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    What is appropriate subject matter for a trademark letter of protest? How can you avoid some common pitfalls when filing a letter of protest? In this webinar we provide an overview of letters of protest best practices.

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    This video covers the ID.me process. Trademark filers can verify their identity with the USPTO online through ID.me.
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    An overview of the initiatives and programs the USPTO is doing to protect the accuracy of the U.S. trademark register, provided by Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy Amy Cotton.

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    Get an overview of trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets in the food service industry. With a particular focus on trademarks, you will learn how to use these intellectual property rights to protect what makes your restaurant special.

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    In this video, you will learn about the importance of maintaining and protecting your trademark following registration, and what to do if you encounter infringement, from Asha Allan, partner at Adducci, Mastraini & Schaumberg. This session was part of the USPTO and...

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    In this video, you will hear an overview of the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) from Deputy Chief Judge Mark Thurmon. This session was part of the USPTO and the State Bar of Texas’s 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Lanham Act, the primary federal...

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    On Tuesday, July 27, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Lanham Act, the federal statute establishing modern U.S. trademark law. This exciting virtual program brought together a lineup of distinguished...

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    The USPTO held a final virtual roundtable on June 14, 2021 to take comments and answer questions regarding the notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA). After a brief overview of the TMA, members of the public were...

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    Commissioner for Trademarks David Gooder hosts Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Dana Jozefczyk for a lively fireside chat about trademarks and the Olympics. They discuss the essential and...

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    Want to learn more about the trademark Post Registration Audit Program? In this webinar intended for experienced trademark filers, we cover the significance of “use in commerce,” the history of the Post Registration Audit Program, what happens during and audit, as...

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    The USPTO held a virtual roundtable on June 1, 2021 to take comments and answer questions regarding the notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA). After a brief overview of the TMA, members of the public were invited...

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    A video clip of Garrett Brown's camera innovations, including the Skycam®, used to film long, sweeping overhead shots in football games, skiing events, movies, commercials, and even music videos; the MobyCam, a submarine tracking camera system custom-designed to...

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    In this presentation, our expert attorneys discuss recent changes to requirements for specimen of use, common issues with specimens, and what trademark examining attorneys look for when reviewing specimens. 

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    The USPTO held a virtual roundtable on March 1, 2021 to gather input on issues relating to the implementation of the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA). After a brief overview of the TMA, members of the public were invited to provide comments. The TMA, which...

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    What are the USPTO’s rules covering trademark practitioner recognition, signatures, and declarations? What steps does the USPTO take when we suspect the rules are violated? In this webinar, learn from our expert attorneys as they cover relevant case law and discuss...

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    The Madrid Protocol is an international treaty that businesses and individuals can use to protect their trademarks simultaneously in multiple countries using a single application. It allows applicants to file with a single office, using one currency, and in a...

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    Learn about the new mandatory electronic filing requirement and how this affects specimens, the petition process, outage procedures, and TEAS forms. Beginning February 15, 2020, trademark applicants and registrants will be required to file trademark applications...

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    Do you have your USPTO.gov account? Beginning on October 26, 2019, will need to log in to a USPTO.gov account with two-step authentication to access and file TEAS and TEASi forms. This webinar provides a demo of the account creation process and includes a question...

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    What happens if your trademark registration is audited? Learn what proof of use in commerce looks like and what happens during the Post Registration Proof of Use Audit Program. Trademarks that aren't in use on all registered goods and services may unnecessarily...

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    The importance of the decisions made during life can impact intellectual property after death, including postmortem rights of publicity. Celebrities face additional considerations regarding the right to publicity, social media, digital media, economic and tax...

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    On July 27, 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) kicked off the 2018 National Trademark Exposition with keynote speaker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. NMAH Interim...

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    This video explains how to fill out the Validation page of the USPTO’s federal trademark registration application. The information applies to TEAS Plus and TEAS Standard applications.

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    This video explains how to fill out the Fee/Signature Information page of the USPTO’s federal trademark registration application. The information applies to TEAS Plus and TEAS Standard applications.

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    This video explains how to fill out the Correspondence Information page of the USPTO’s federal trademark registration application. The information applies to TEAS Plus and TEAS Standard applications.

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    This video explains how to fill out the Filing Basis page of the USPTO’s federal trademark registration application. The information applies to TEAS Plus and TEAS Standard applications.

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    This video explains how to fill out the Goods and Services page of the USPTO’s federal trademark registration application.  The information applies to TEAS Standard applications only.

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    This video explains how to fill out the Goods and Services page of the USPTO’s federal trademark registration application.  The information applies to TEAS Plus applications only.

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    This video explains how to fill out the Additional Statements section of the USPTO’s federal trademark registration application. The information applies to TEAS Plus and TEAS Standard applications.

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    This video explains how to fill out the Mark Drawing page of the USPTO’s federal trademark registration application. The information applies to TEAS Plus and TEAS Standard applications.

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    This video explains how to fill out the Applicant Information page of the USPTO’s federal trademark registration application.  The information applies to TEAS Plus and TEAS Standard applications.

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    This video compares and contrasts the two versions of the USPTO’s federal trademark registration application: TEAS Plus and TEAS Standard.  It highlights the TEAS Plus filing requirements, which allow for a less expensive filing fee and a more streamlined...

Patents

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    In this video, you’ll learn how to limit a variety of searches using Patent Public Search by adding a date or date range, such as combining a title keyword search or an assignee search with a search of publication dates.
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    This microtutorial for Patent Public Search will show you how to locate U.S. patents and published patent applications assigned to particular companies and other entities. You can search by assignee name, city, and state.
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    Learn how to use the Document Viewer on Patent Public Search to navigate through the patents and published patent applications retrieved by your search.
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    This video includes a discussion of U.S. patent families and shows how to expand families in your search results using Patent Public Search.
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    This microtutorial for Patent Public Search walks you through the steps of finding U.S. patents and published patent applications from particular inventors.
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    This Patent Public Search tutorial will show you how to print a summary table of your search results and how to print individual U.S. patents or published patent applications.
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    Learn how to find all U.S. patent documents published on, before, or after a particular date, or within a range of two dates using Patent Public Search.
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    On November 15, 2023, we retired the EFS-Web system and Private Patent Application Information Retrieval tool, also known as "Private PAIR," and directed customers to Patent Center. To learn more, watch this video and check out our Patent Center webpage.
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    This USPTO training session provides a comprehensive overview of how to file, retrieve and manage applications in Patent Center. Visit the Patent Center information page for user guides and resources.
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    Learn how to use Patent Public Search (PPUBS) Advanced in this recorded demonstration with emphasis on design patent searching.
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    This USPTO training session provides a comprehensive overview of how to file and retrieve DOCX files in Patent Center.
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    Watch the video to hear from inventor Abenezer Ayana and the patent practitioners who worked with him as part the USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program. Ayana is the founder and CEO of Braille Easy, a company that helps blind individuals learn and use braille. Learn more...

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    On July 31, 2022, we will retire the Public Patent Application Information Retrieval tool, also known as "Public PAIR," and begin directing customers to Patent Center. To learn more, watch this video and check out our Patent Center webpage

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    This video shows how to file DOCX documents in the Patent Center training mode.
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    Dr. Marian Croak holds more than 200 patents and has more than 100 pending applications. Her many achievements include pioneering work advancing the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), developing text-to-donate technology, and work on the telephone network and...

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    Inventor Dean Kamen and USPTO Director Andrei Iancu discussed Kamen's career and passion for inventing, as well as his dedication to the world’s youth through STEM education. Kamen is the inventor of the Segway and Auto Syringe. He is also an entrepreneur, and a...

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    On December 4, 2019, USPTO Director Andrei Iancu and the creator of SiriusXM Satellite Radio, former CEO of GeoStar, and the founder and chairwoman of the Board of United Therapeutics Dr. Martine Rothblatt discussed her successes in areas ranging from...

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    One of the "fathers of the internet," Vinton G. Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the original architecture of the online world. Currently vice president and chief internet evangelist for Google, he contributes to global policy development and the...

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    Dr. Temple Grandin is an inventor and pioneer in improving the welfare of livestock. Her work on animal handling methods and facilities design has fundamentally changed the industry around the world. A best-selling author and popular TED Talk speaker, Grandin is...

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    Dr. Lonnie Johnson, holder of more than 100 U.S. patents, spacecraft systems designer, energy innovator, and inventor of the Super Soaker®, joined USPTO Director Andrei Iancu for a talk on his work and journey of innovation. Johnson worked on the stealth bomber...

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    USPTO welcomed Dr. Joseph Marron, the named inventor of the historic patent number 10 million, to share his insights about the milestone on August 8, 2018.

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    Benefits of interviews from the viewpoints of an examiner, Supervisory Patent Examiner (SPE), and director.

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    Patents for Humanity is the USPTO's awards competition recognizing innovators who use game-changing technology to meet global humanitarian challenges. The program provides business incentives for reaching those in need: winners receive an acceleration certificate...

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    California's inventor assistance program administrator discusses who can qualify for the program and what inventors should do before applying.
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    An interview with a small business owner describing how she applied to the program and the benefits of participating.
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    An interview with an attorney on how to apply to volunteer and what to expect.
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    Learn the 3 requirements for inventors to participate in a program offering free legal help in applying for a patent to protect an invention.
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    There are two ways to request free legal help through the program -- by region or directly.
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    This program for free legal help is available in all 50 states. Each region decides the standards for inventor participation.
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    Inventors and small business may qualify for free legal help in applying for a patent or to protect an invention.
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    Global Dossier is a set of business services that provides IP stakeholders free, secure, one-stop access to related patent applications from all participating IP offices.
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    This is the fourth video in a series of four that cover the change in patent law to first-inventor-to-file.
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    This is the third video in a series of four that cover the change in patent law to first-inventor-to-file.
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    This is the second video in a series of four that cover the change in patent law to first-inventor-to-file.
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    On March 16, a major change occurs in U.S. patent law.

WE Initiative

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    Director Kathi Vidal was a special guest for the Tory Burch Foundation’s Small Business webinar series, where she spoke about the significance of protecting intellectual property to help businesses succeed in a competitive marketplace.
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    Have you ever wanted to bounce your ideas off of someone? Hear from experts who provide tips on what to look for, finding and successfully engaging with a mentor, and the benefits of mentorship when starting, growing, or expanding your business.
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    The event in Phoenix, Arizona kicked off with a fireside chat between Director Kathi Vidal and Sally Morton, was followed by a panel of experts sharing stories and tips on how to secure options for funding a small business.
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    Why does Cyndi Bray think IP protections are important to business success? “It was important to build an intellectual property wall to fend off copycats-a wall I built even before my product went to market and I continue to shore up as my best defense.”
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    Women entrepreneurs: we know there’s a lot to think about when you’re first starting your business. Which is why we’re bringing you advice straight from the experts – the people who have already done it successfully.
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    Learn more about opportunities for women entrepreneurs to find grants to local communities, business incubators, and leverage government resources with Alejandra Castillo, Assistant Secretary at the Economic Development Administration.
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    Government programs like the USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono program can help you develop your intellectual property (IP) strategy. Hear from Joanna Smith-Griffin, CEO of AllHere, to learn why she thinks IP is vital to growing a business.
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    You don’t have to wait for your brand to become a success to protect it. In fact, applying for federal trademark registration as soon as possible can help you avoid costly rebrands and establish a trusted customer base faster.
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    Building a network of support can be just as important as protecting your intellectual property and finding funding when starting a business. Other women have been where you are today, and connecting with others can help guide you through the process.
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    At this WE event held January 18, 2023 in Naples, Florida, leaders in the IP community and women entrepreneurs shared their stories and tips on why protecting your IP is key to starting and maintaining a successful business.
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    Hear from leading women at the launch of WE, a community-focused, collaborative, and creative initiative to inspire women and tap their potential to meaningfully increase equity, job creation, and economic prosperity.
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    Watch this short video with Lisa Jorgenson, Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, for tips on how to protect your IP globally.

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    Watch the video for tips on networking from businesswoman and author Shellye Archambeau, former CEO of MetricStream and current Fortune 500 board member.

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    Several federal agencies offer tools for startups to help secure funding. Hear from Suzanne Borders, CEO and co-founder of BadVR, about her experience with America’s Seed Fund, just one of the great programs available to women entrepreneurs.
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    Whether you’re a woman entrepreneur just starting out on your journey, or you’ve hit a roadblock and need some advice, others have been where you are today. Building a strong network can help guide you through the process.

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    Protecting your IP is key to starting and maintaining a successful business. Hear from the Honorable Kate O’Malley, retired judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 
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    Hear from the Innovation Outreach team on how connecting with other women can help guide you through the process of protecting your intellectual property and launching your business. 
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    Securing funding is an important step to protecting and growing your business. Hear from Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo about several federal agencies that offer tools for startups.
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    Finding out what kind of intellectual property you have is an important step in protecting your business idea. Hear about how IP protection can help set you up for success. 
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    Featuring advice and resources, the WE Initiative aims to lift women up and taps their potential to increase equity, job creation, and economic prosperity through their ideas, insights and innovations.

Journeys of Innovation

Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum

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    This film focuses on Richard F. America, one of the youngest inventors on “Baker's list,” the first repository of Black patent holders compiled by lawyer, assistant patent examiner, and civil rights activist Henry E. Baker. The documentary features an interview...

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    Since 1990, Camp Invention® has been guiding children to bring their biggest ideas to life through creativity and invention education. To learn more about this STEM program, please visit invent.org/camp.

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    Time lapse of the Higgins Boat arrival and installation at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. This particular Higgins Boat was on loan from D-Day Ohio to the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum.

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    The National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) announced the 2019 Inductee Class. The 19 inventors will officially join the world-changing Inductees during the annual Induction Ceremony in May.

International IP

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    From March 7-9, 2023, the USPTO hosted 50 officials in person and online from intellectual property organizations worldwide to share progress and challenges to increasing representation among women and girls in the innovation ecosystem. Listen in as USPTO Director...

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    Helene Liwinski explains the importance of U.S. representation at the World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization.

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    Watch David Kellis explain his role in Brazil and the surrounding region.

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    Watch Marina Lamm discuss her work in representing the United States at meetings of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

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    Watch Rachel Bae discuss her work as an IP attaché in Brussels.

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    E-commerce now accounts for nearly 14% of all retail sales and continues to grow at a healthy rate. But U.S. businesses engaged in e-commerce, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), face a number of challenges in protecting their intellectual...

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    Conrad Wong discusses how he helped a U.S. company regain control of its proprietary molds and dies from a Chinese subcontractor that had filed for bankruptcy.

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    Duncan Willson talks about what is at the heart of his job: helping U.S. companies with their IP issues in a challenging environment.

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    Pete Mehravari explains the importance of IP protection and enforcement in a region where the concept of intellectual property is still fairly new.

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    John Cabeca talks about his transition from helping U.S. companies on the West Coast of the United States to working on their behalf overseas.

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    Cindy Henderson discusses her interests in Latin America.

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    The USPTO’s IP attachés are located in posts around the world. Meet these passionate intellectual property (IP) professionals and learn about their work to support the global IP community in this short video.

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    Together with remarks from USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, U.S. inventors showcase their innovations in green technology and discuss the importance of strong intellectual property rights in launching their inventions.

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    The United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Intellectual Property (IP) Attaché Program works to improve IP systems internationally.

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    The United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Intellectual Property (IP) Attaché Program works to improve IP systems internationally.

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    Learn about the USPTO’s Collaborative Search Pilot (CSP), an initiative with partnering international IP Offices that allows those filing patent applications in partnering Offices to have their application fast-tracked and reviewed concurrently. Its free to file a CSP petition.

Intellectual Property Basics

USPTO for Kids & Teachers

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    The National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI) on innovation, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) combines experiential training tools, practices, and project-based learning models to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers and...

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    Whether it happens among students in a classroom, or engineers in a laboratory, innovation is a process, a series of steps that begins with imagination, and results in the creation of something of value for society.
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    3-D printing is an innovative manufacturing technique developed by Professors Michael Cima and Emanuel Sachs from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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    Electronics, apparel, and pharmaceuticals are only some of the products counterfeiters try to fake.
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    In a science known as biometrics, physical or behavioral characteristics are used for personal identification.
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    Professor Homayoon Kazerooni is a robotics engineer at the University of California, Berkeley with more than 40 patents to his name.
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    At Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, computer scientist Sebastian Thrun and his team of software engineers are creating a fleet of self-driving cars.
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    Professors John Rogers and Yonggang Huang have collaborated to design and engineer an electronic tattoo.
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    Professor Steve Hutcheson at the University of Maryland is developing a new approach to producing biofuels from cellulosic biomass, using a bacterium discovered in the Chesapeake Bay.
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    Concrete is one of the most common construction materials in the world, with its basic technology dating back to the ancient Romans.
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    As an alternative to finding diamonds in nature for his scientific experiments, Professor Russell Hemley of the Geographical Laboratory at the Carnegie Institute of Washington creates an innovative method of making large synthetic diamonds in the laboratory.
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    Professors Reginald Farrow and Zafar Iqbal at the New Jersey Institute of Technology have collaborated on a series of innovations to make the energy conversion process that occurs within fuel cells as efficient as possible.
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    Welding has long been used to join pieces of metal together.
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    William Provancher of Tactical Haptics has developed a device that combines the sense of touch with technology.
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    Angelique Johnson is the CEO of MEMStim, a company that is innovating how electrode arrays in cochlear implants are manufactured.
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    While most people see viruses as harmful, Angela Belcher at MIT sees the future of energy.
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    Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding.
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    Adam Feinberg at Carnegie Mellon University has come up with a technique that expands the use of 3-D printing technology and could one day allow researchers to print heart tissue.
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    A day with students at a unique Camp Invention session. Camp Invention is a program run by the National Inventors Hall of Fame in conjunction with the United States Patent and Trademark office (USPTO)

GIPA

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    As the past two years have shown, the biopharmaceutical industry is more important than ever in producing drugs that improve and save lives. For U.S. biopharmaceutical companies, China continues to be an important market. Securing and enforcing intellectual...

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    A brief introduction on what Trade Secrets are, why you should protect them, how they can impact a business’s bottom line, and their importance as Intellectual Property.
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    An introduction to what a patent is, what a patent protects, and how a patent is obtained in the United States.
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    This video provides a brief overview of the Global Intellectual Property Academy.

Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium 2021

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    The final installment of the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) on March 31 offered attendees an opportunity to learn from women entrepreneurs about launching a business, overcoming challenges, and the vital role of intellectual property (IP) protection.

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    At the fourth installment of the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium on March 24, 2021, panelists shared information about funding opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

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    At the third installment of the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium on March 17, 2021, panelists shared information about programs, resources, and information that can help you protect your creative work.

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    At the second installment of the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium on March 10, 2021, panelists discussed opportunities for girls and women in computer science, invention, and STEM.

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    At the kickoff event for the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium on March 3, 2021, panelists shared their insights on creating a more inclusive innovation community.

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    At the kickoff event for the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium on March 3, 2021, panelists discussed when a change in direction may be necessary for a company and some key considerations for a successful pivot.

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    At the kickoff event for the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium on March 3, 2021, USPTO’s Coke Stewart moderated a fireside chat with Wynn Coggins, Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. They discussed advancing the role of women in the...

Work at the USPTO

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    Since 2012, the USPTO has hired more than 800 veterans. Three of these veterans were featured on the show Military Makeover to talk about their transition from military service to the USPTO. They also share insights on work-life balance, flexibility, and career...