USPTO Videos

Patents

  • Published on Jul 21, 2021

    This video shows how to file DOCX documents in the Patent Center training mode. Visit our DOCX webpage to learn more about the benefits of filing in DOCX.

  • Published on Apr 27, 2017
    On March 16, a major change occurs in U.S. patent law.
  • Published on Apr 27, 2017
    This is the second video in a series of four that cover the change in patent law to first-inventor-to-file.
  • Published on Apr 27, 2017
    This is the third video in a series of four that cover the change in patent law to first-inventor-to-file.
  • Published on Apr 27, 2017
    This is the fourth video in a series of four that cover the change in patent law to first-inventor-to-file.
  • Published on Dec 18, 2018

    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...

  • Published on Mar 2, 2018
    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.
  • Published on Aug 16, 2019

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

  • Published on Jun 6, 2018
    Inventors and small business may qualify for free legal help in applying for a patent or to protect an invention.
  • Published on Jun 6, 2018
    This program for free legal help is available in all 50 states. Each region decides the standards for inventor participation.
  • Published on Jun 6, 2018
    Learn the 3 requirements for inventors to participate in a program offering free legal help in applying for a patent to protect an invention.
  • Published on Jun 6, 2018
    There are two ways to request free legal help through the program -- by region or directly.
  • Published on Jun 6, 2018
    An interview with an attorney on how to apply to volunteer and what to expect.
  • Published on Jun 6, 2018
    An interview with a small business owner describing how she applied to the program and the benefits of participating.
  • Published on Jun 6, 2018
    California's inventor assistance program administrator discusses who can qualify for the program and what inventors should do before applying.
  • Published on Feb 6, 2020

    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...

  • Published on Oct 17, 2019

    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...

  • Published on Oct 17, 2019

    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...

  • Published on Oct 17, 2019

    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...

  • Published on Oct 17, 2019

    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.

  • Published on Dec 6, 2019

    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...

  • Published on Dec 17, 2020

    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...

Trademarks

  • Published on Aug 16, 2021

    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.

  • Published on Aug 13, 2021

    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...

  • Published on Aug 9, 2021

    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...

  • Published on Aug 4, 2021

    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...

  • Published on Jul 6, 2021

    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...

  • Published on Jun 23, 2021

    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...

  • Published on Jun 8, 2021

    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...

  • Published on May 4, 2021

    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...

  • Published on Mar 15, 2021

    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...

  • Published on Sep 6, 2018

    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...

  • Published on Sep 6, 2018

    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...

  • Published on Apr 27, 2017
    This video is part of the Trademark Basic Facts video series and is a must for anyone interested in starting a business to sell a product or offer a service.
  • Published on Apr 27, 2017
    This video is part of the Trademark Basic Facts video series and provides a quick and easy breakdown of the three main types of intellectual property: trademarks, patents, and copyrights.
  • Published on Apr 27, 2017
    This video is part of the Trademark Basic Facts video series and provides guidance on the properties of a strong trademark.
  • Published on Apr 27, 2017
    This video is part of the Trademark Basic Facts video series and provides guidance on the properties of a strong trademark.
  • Published on Apr 27, 2017
    This video explains what the Trademark Office does and does not do.
  • Published on Oct 4, 2017

    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...

  • Published on Oct 4, 2017

    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.

  • Published on Oct 4, 2017

    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.

  • Published on Oct 4, 2017

    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.

  • Published on Oct 4, 2017

    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.

  • Published on Oct 4, 2017

    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.

  • Published on Oct 4, 2017

    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.

  • Published on Oct 4, 2017

    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.

  • Published on Oct 4, 2017

    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.

  • Published on Oct 4, 2017

    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.

  • Published on Dec 9, 2016
    This video in the Trademark Information Network (TMIN) series outlines the differences between trademarks, patents, and copyrights.
  • Published on Dec 9, 2016
    This video in the Trademark Information Network (TMIN) series provides an overview of the most important issues you should be aware of when filing a trademark application.
  • Published on Apr 20, 2017
    This video in the Trademark Information Network (TMIN) series focuses on the importance of conducting a search of existing trademarks before filing your trademark application.
  • Published on Apr 20, 2017
    This video in the Trademark Information Network (TMIN) series focuses on what is meant by the term "applicant."
  • Published on Apr 20, 2017
    This video in the Trademark Information Network (TMIN) series focuses on what is meant by the term "drawing."
  • Published on Apr 20, 2017
    This video in the Trademark Information Network (TMIN) series focuses on what is meant by the phrase "identification of goods and services."
  • Published on Apr 20, 2017
    This video in the Trademark Information Network focuses on what is meant by the term "basis."
  • Published on Apr 20, 2017
    This video in the Trademark Information Network focuses on what is meant by the term "specimen."
  • Published on Apr 20, 2017
    This video in the Trademark Information Network series provides an overview of the most important issues you should be aware of after filing your application.
  • Published on Apr 20, 2017
    This video in the Trademark Information Network (TMIN) series and introduces the "Statement of Use" and explains when the document is required for registration of a trademark.
  • Published on Apr 18, 2017
    This video is part of the Trademark Information Network (TMIN) series and explains when you may file a "Petition to Revive" to bring an unintentionally abandoned application back to life.
  • Published on Apr 18, 2017
    This video is part of the Trademark Information Network (TMIN) series and provides an overview of the most important issues you should be aware of after your application has matured into a registration.
  • Published on Apr 20, 2017
    This video is part of the Trademark Information Network (TMIN) series and provides an overview of the three main types of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB" or "Board") proceedings a trademark owner may encounter.
  • Published on Apr 20, 2017
    This video is part of the Trademark Information Network (TMIN) series and provides an overview of the most common type of USPTO Office action: a non-final Office action issued by a USPTO examining attorney.
  • Published on Apr 20, 2017
    This video is part of the Trademark Information Network (TMIN) series and provides an overview of three of the most common types of assignments and ownership changes.
  • Published on Apr 20, 2017
    This video is part of the Trademark Information Network (TMIN) series and highlights the potential harm to you posed by non-USPTO solicitations.
  • Published on Sep 29, 2017
    This video is part of the Trademark Information Network (TMIN) series and covers the three main issues that bands and musical artists encounter when applying for a federal trademark registration.
  • Published on Oct 10, 2017

    This video introduces the concept of “ornamentation” and the “ornamental” refusal.  If you submit evidence that shows you only use your mark in an ornamental or decorative manner on your goods, we will refuse to register your mark. Learn how to overcome this...

  • Published on Oct 10, 2017

    This video gives an overview of the most common filing fees required to apply for and maintain a federal trademark registration.  Your initial fee depends on (1) your application filing form, (2) your filing basis, and (3) the number of international classes in...

  • Published on Sep 14, 2018

    This video highlights the pervasive harm caused by counterfeit goods. Counterfeiting reaches into all aspects of our daily lives, threatens our health and safety, and negatively impacts U.S. jobs and the overall economy. The video also includes practical tips on...

  • Published on Sep 24, 2019

    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...

  • Published on Oct 11, 2019

    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...

  • Published on Jan 17, 2020

    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...

  • Published on Jun 25, 2020

    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...

  • Published on Dec 10, 2020

    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...

  • Published on Apr 19, 2021

    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. 

  • Published on Jun 15, 2021

    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...

  • Published on Nov 3, 2021

    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.

Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum

  • Published on Jul 29, 2019

    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.

  • Published on Apr 2, 2019

    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.

  • Published on Oct 23, 2020

    Who can forget the sinister and “supernaturally steady” film shots of The Shining? Watch inventor Garret Brown discuss how those shots were achieved with his newly-invented Steadicam®, patent no. 4,017,168.

USPTO for Kids & Teachers

  • Published on Dec 10, 2016
    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)

Work at the USPTO

  • Published on May 16, 2019

    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...

GIPA

  • Published on Jul 31, 2017
    This video provides a brief overview of the Global Intellectual Property Academy.
  • Published on Jul 10, 2018
    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.
  • Published on Jun 26, 2018
    An introduction to what a patent is, what a patent protects, and how a patent is obtained in the United States.

International IP

  • Published on Nov 12, 2021

    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...

  • Published on Nov 1, 2021

    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.

  • Published on Nov 1, 2021

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

  • Published on Nov 1, 2021

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

  • Published on Nov 1, 2021

    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.

  • Published on Nov 1, 2021

    Cindy Henderson discusses her interests in Latin America.

  • Published on Aug 26, 2021

    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.

  • Published on Apr 26, 2020

    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.

  • Published on Dec 4, 2018

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

  • Published on Oct 24, 2018

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

  • Published on Nov 22, 2017
    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.

Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium 2021

  • Published on Mar 17, 2021

    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.

  • Published on Mar 17, 2021

    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.

  • Published on Mar 17, 2021

    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...

  • Published on Mar 25, 2021

    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.

  • Published on Mar 25, 2021

    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.

  • Published on Apr 8, 2021

    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...

  • Published on Mar 30, 2021

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