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SEE Program Information

Help Us Improve the Quality of the Patent Examination Process

The USPTO funds travel costs for patent examiner Site Experience Education to commercial, industrial, and academic institutions within the continental U.S.   The organizations who volunteer to host these visits contribute to improving the quality of patent examination by keeping patent examiners updated on the latest technologies and innovations in their field of examination.

Your Chance to Interact Directly with Patent Examiners   

The SEE program seeks to put experts such as innovators, scientists, and engineers together with examiners right where innovation is happening. Participating organizations have to chance to communicate directly with patent examiners and gain a greater understanding of the importance of the patent system and how it works.

Showcase Your Real-World Technologies

Organizations who participate in the SEE Program give patent examiners an opportunity to visit real-world sites, learn about new and evolving technologies, and experience how these technologies are developed and operate in the field.

An Opportunity to Conduct On-Site Training

The SEE Program is presents an opportunity for organizations to provide patent examiners with technical training first-hand from innovators, scientists, engineers, and experts working directly in the various technologies examined throughout the USPTO.

Interested In Volunteering?

If you are interested in volunteering in the SEE program, submit your request online through the SEE Program Interest Form.  If you have questions or would like more information on the SEE program, please contact us at the email address in the Contact Information section.

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Policy and Guidance

The SEE Program is not intended as an opportunity for applicants to discuss pending applications with USPTO employees or to circumvent normal communication between applicants or applicants' representatives and USPTO employees. SEE participants are not to provide advice or recommendations to the USPTO.

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SEE Program Interest Form

Volunteer Now to participate in SEE.

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Thank you SEE Volunteers!

The following is a list of organizations who were involved in the Site Experience Education Program during 2015. Their contributions ensure that patent examiners remain updated on the latest technologies and innovations in their field.

The USPTO offers its sincere thanks to all 2015 SEE participants, as your involvement is essential to building a stronger intellectual property system!

2015 Hosts - Companies and Locations


7 Up & RC Bottling Company of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA

Acelity - San Antonio, TX

Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp. - Seattle, WA

Advanced Light Source - Berkeley, CA

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) - Austin, TX

Advanced Photonix Inc. - Ann Arbor, MI

Airways - San Francisco, CA

Alaska Copper & Brass Company and Alaskan Copper Works - Kent, WA

Alcatel-Lucent University - Richardson, TX

Alder BioPharmaceuticals Inc. - Bothell, WA

Algenol - Fort Meyers, FL

Alphatec Spine - Carlsbad, CA

Alstom Grid - Redmond, WA

Amazon - Seattle, WA

Analog Devices, Inc. - Wilmington, MA

Applied Materials - Sunnyvale, CA

Arthrex - Naples, FL

Automation Plastics - Aurora, OH

Avago Technologies - Fort Collins, CO

Baker Hughes - Houston, TX

bioMerieux - Durham, NC

Blount Inc. (Oregon Tools®) - Portland OR

BMW Manufacturing Plant - Greer, SC

Boeing - El Segundo, CA

Boeing - Seattle, WA

Boeing - Everett, WA

Boeing - Renton, WA

Boeing Satellite Systems - El Sungundo, CA

Bose Acoustics - Framington, MA

Bradken Atlas - Tacoma, WA

CalAmp - Irvine, CA

California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA

Carbon 3D - Chapel Hill, NC

Celestial Seasonings - Boulder, CO

Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound, University of Washington - Seattle, WA

Cisco - Richardson, TX

Cisco - San Jose, CA

Corning Incorporated - Corning, NY

Dell - Austin, TX

Defense Security & Sensing Exposition - Baltimore, MD

Department of Radiology, University of Washington - Seattle, WA

Direct Flow Medical - Lake Forest, CA

Donaldson Company, Inc. - Minneapolis, MN

Dril-Quip Houston - Houston, TX

Duke University - Durham, NC

Eastern Michigan University - Coatings Research Institute - Ypsilanti, MI

eBay - San Jose, CA

EBI/Berkeley OTL - Berkeley, CA

EMC - Santa Clara, CA

EMC Corporation - Newton, MA

EMC Corporation and VCE - RTP/Durham, NC

Ericsson - Richardson, TX

ESCO Corporation World Headquarters - Portland, OR

ExxonMobile Chemical Company - Baytown, TX

Facebook - San Francisco, CA

Factory Mutual Research - Glocester, RI

Fairchild Semiconductor International, Ins. - South Portland, ME

Faiveley Transport - Greenville, SC

First Flight Venture Center - Research Triangle, NC

Florida Gulf Coast University - Fort Meyers, FL

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - Seattle, WA

Freescale - Austin, TX

GE Power - Greenville, SC

GE Power and Water - Minnetonka, MN

Genentech - San Francisco, CA

Gilead - Foster City, CA

Golden Road Brewing - Los Angeles, CA

Goodyear - Akron, OH

Google - Mountain View, CA

Guardian Glass - Geneva, NY

Guardian Industries Corporation - Carleton, MI

HaloSource, Inc. - Bothell, WA

Hansen Medical, Inc. - Mountain View, CA

Hewlett Packard - Fort Collins, CO

HM Clause, Inc. - Davis, CA

Hospira, Inc. - Lake Forest, IL

Huy Fong Foods, Inc. - Irwindale, CA

IBM Almaden Research Center - San Jose, CA

IDT - San Jose, CA

Illinois Medical District - Chicago, IL

Imaging Research Laboratory, University of Washington - Seattle, WA

Immersion - San Jose, CA

Intel - Santa Clara, CA

Intel - Austin, TX

Intellectual Ventures - Bellevue, WA

ION Headquarters - Houston, TX

Juniper - Sunnyvale, CA

Kaiam Corporation - Newark, CA

Keiser University - Fort Meyers, FL

Kimberly-Clark - Irving, TX

Koninklijke Philips - Bothell, WA

Lam Research - Fremont, CA

Level 3 Communications - Denver, CO

Level 3 Communications - Broomfield, CO

Lockheed Martin - Middle River, MD

Luxim Corporation - Santa Clara. CA

Magna/Drive Automotive - Piedmont, SC

Mar-Bal Inc. - Chagrin Falls, OH

MATTER and Chicago Innovation Mentors - Chicago, IL

Mattson Technology - Fremont, CA

Medtronics - Minneapolis, MN

Meggitt Sansing Systems - Irvine, CA

Mercury Plastics - Middlefield, OH

MetroPCS - Richardson, TX

Michelin - Piedmont, SC

Microsoft - Redmond, WA

Microsoft - Mountain View, CA

Mojix, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA

Morel Industries - Seattle, WA

NanoString Technologies, Inc. - Seattle, WA

NASA - Houston, TX

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Pasadena, CA

NeoGenomics Laboratories - Fort Meyers, FL

Neotract, Inc. - Pleasanton, CA

NetApp - Sunnyvale, CA

Netflix - Los Gatos, CA

Nimble - San Jose, CA

Nimble Storage - San Jose, CA

Nintendo - Redmond, WA

NIST - Gaithersburg, MD

North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC

Northrop Grumman - Baltimore, MD

Northrop Grumman - Redondo Beach, CA

Novan Therapeutics - Durham, NC

Novartis  - San Carlos, CA

Novati Technology Corp - Austin, TX

NuVasive - San Diego, CA

Omeros Corporation - Seattle, WA

On Semiconductor - San Jose, CA

Oncothyreon Inc. - Seattle, WA

Oracle Corp. - Broomfield, CO

Oracle Corp. - Redwood Shores, CA

OSSIA - Redmond, WA

Ossur - Foothil Ranch, CA

P.V. Tool, Inc. - Santa Fe Springs, CA

OTC Conference - Houston, TX

Pacific Metallurgical, Inc. - Kent, WA

Paragon Water Systems - Tampa, FL

PayPal - San Jose, CA

Penumbra, Inc. - Alameda, CA

Providence Medical Technology - Lafayette, CA

Qualcomm - Santa Clara, CA

Raytheon - El Segundo, CA

Ricoh Americas Holdings, Inc. - Campbell, CA

Ricoh Production Print Solutions, LLC - Boulder, CO

Robert Bosch LLC - Plymouth, MI

RTI International - Research Triangle, NC

Salesforce - San Francisco, CA

Samsung - Milpitas, CA

Samsung - Mountain View, CA

Samsung - Austin, TX

Samsung - Mountain View, CA

Samsung Electronics - Austin, TX

Samsung Research America - Richardson, TX

Samsung Semiconductor - Milpitas, CA

Sandisk - Milpitas, CA

SAP  - Palo Alto, CA

Sawstop - Tualatin, OR

Scandisk - Milpitas, CA

Seagate - Fremont, CA

Seattle Genetics, Inc. - Bothell, WA

Severn Trent Services - Tampa, FL

Shell Technology Center Houston - Houston, TX

Silicon Labs - Austin, TX

Simplex - Portland, OR

Simplify Medical, Inc. - Mountain View, CA

Smtih & Nephew R&D - Fort Worth, TX

Solar World - Hillsboro, OR

SonoSite - Bothell, WA

Sony Computer Entertainment - San Mateo, CA

Sony Corporation - San Jose, CA

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) - Hawthorne, CA

SpaceX - Hawthorne, CA

Spinal Kinetics - Sunnyvale, CA

Splunk - San Francisco, CA

Spoonflower Tour - Durham, NC

SPX Dollinger - Ocala, FL

Square - San Francisco, CA

SRI International - Menlo Park, CA

Stanford University, Bio-imaging and X-ray Labs - Stanford, CA

Stanford University, Photonics Labs Stanford, CA

Stanford University, VHI Lab - Stanford, CA

Stepan Company - Northbrook, IL

Syngenta - Research Triangle, NC

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) - San Jose, CA

Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. - Deerfield, IL

Tandy Leather Factory - Portland, OR

TE Connectivity - Fuquay-Varna, NC

Team Wendy - Cleveland, OH

Technology House - Solon, OH

Tessera - San Jose, CA

Texas Instruments Inc. - South Portland, ME

The Aerospace Corporation - El Sungundo, CA

The Hammer Accelerator - Research Triangle, NC

The University of Texas at Austin - Austin, TX

Thortex - Portland, OR

Twitter - San Francisco, CA

Tyco Fire Protection Products - Cranston, RI

U.C. Davis - Seed Central - Davis, CA

Uber - San Francisco, CA

UCSF,  Office of Innovation and Technology and Alliances and lab of Professor Wells -               San Francisco, CA

UNC-Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill, NC

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Aerospace Systems - Riverside, CA

Universal Electronics, Inc. - Santa Ana, CA

University of California San Diego - Bioengineering and Medicine Departments - La Jolla, CA

University of Chicago - Chicago, IL

University of Illinois Chicago and University of Chicago - Chicago, IL

University of Michigan Energy Institute - Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory - Ann Arbor, MI

University of South Florida - Tampa, FL

University of Texas at Austin - Austin, TX

University of Texas Dallas (OpNeAR: Open Network Advanced Research Lab) - Richardson, TX

US Industrial Tool & Supply Company - Gardena, CA

USGS - Innovation Center for Earth Sciences (ICES) - Menlo Park, CA

Varian Medical Systems - Seattle, WA

Visa - San Francisco, CA

VmWare - Palo Alto, CA

Western Digital - Irvine, CA

Witricity Corporation - Watertown, MA

Wound Institute - San Antonio, TX

XiLinx - San Jose, CA

Yahoo! - Sunnyvale, CA

YuMe - Redwood City, CA

Yume - Redwood City, CA

Zynga - San Francisco, CA

Zynga Inc. - San Francisco, CA

Inclusion on this list of specific organizations, attorneys, law firms, individuals, or corporations does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the USPTO.

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Contact Information

If you have any questions or comments regarding the SEE program, please email us at

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Patent Examiner Technical Training Program (PETTP)

The Patent Examiner Technical Training Program offers technologists, scientists, engineers, and other experts from industry and academia an opportunity to voluntarily provide technical training and expertise to patent examiners in-person or virtually from their own location. 

In-person presentations can be made at our Alexandria, Virginia headquarters or at one of our satellite offices in Detroit, Michigan and Denver, Colorado. 

To learn more, visit the Patent Examiner Technical Training Program (PETTP) page.

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Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP)

The Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure program offers those interested training opportunities to better their understanding  of the examination process at the USPTO.  Training material used is derived from material developed for training patent examiners. 

To learn more visit the Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) page.

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