Patents Customer Partnership Meetings

Drew Hirshfeld speaks at Design Day

“Communication and transparency are key tenants of a successful IP system. These customer partnership meetings are a collaborative effort to give the IP community and the USPTO a forum to discuss items of mutual interest, share USPTO plans and operational efforts, and discuss ideas and solutions to address issues.”  
Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld

Patents Customer Partnership Meetings (CPM) are built upon the engagement of both internal and external stakeholders to provide enhanced communication channels. This provides a valuable opportunity for our external stakeholders to meet directly with USPTO representatives in a collaborative forum.

CPM allows the USPTO to share plans and operational efforts to better educate and inform our stakeholders. These meetings also enable the patent community to share ideas, experiences, and insights as well as discuss examination policies and procedures, mutual concerns and solutions to common problems.

Attend a partnership meeting

To register and attend, please visit our Patents Customer Partnership Meetings event page.

Our next event is the TC 2800 Circuits Customer Partnership Meeting on June 13, 2018. This meeting will bring stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences and insights and to provide a forum for an informal discussion of many topics specific to the patents circuits area.

For a full listing of past and upcoming events, please visit our Patents Customer Partnership Meetings event page.  To receive email notifications about Patents-related events, including partnership meetings, please select "Patents Alerts" on USPTO Subscription Center.

Stakeholder experiences

“In my experience, I feel that the quality of examination and the level of cooperation that I now receive from the PTO examiners, particularly over the last 2-5 years, is better than it has ever been.” - July 2017, TC 2600 Customer Partnership Meeting

“This is a helpful, productive partnership meeting. A balance of PTO updates, new initiatives, and panel discussions between PTO and outside practitioners is great.” - September 2017, Business Methods Customer Partnership Meeting

“I’ve been in this business for 25 years, and I found the day to be extremely worthwhile.” - July 2017, TC 2600 Customer Partnership Meeting

TC 2600 Customer Partnership Meeting Audience Jan. 17, 2018
TC 2600 Customer Partnership Meeting Audience Jan. 17, 2018


Speak at a partnership meeting 
To participate as a guest speaker for a Customer Partnership Meeting, please fill out the Partnership Meetings Speaker Interest Form.

Contact us

For general questions, comments, or additional information about Customer Partnership Meetings, please email

For specific questions regarding a certain topic or technology, please contact our CPM specialists.