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Search for registered patent attorneys and agents online at: https://oedci.uspto.gov/OEDCI/  A patent attorney is an individual who is a member in good standing of the bar of any United States court or the highest court of any State and who is registered to practice before the USPTO and represent the applicant.  A patent agent is an individual who is not an attorney but who is registered to practice before the USPTO and represent the applicant.  Registered patent attorneys and agents are collectively referred to as “patent practitioners” but may also be referred to as practitioners or representatives.

Upcoming Events

March 23, 2017

Have an idea? Invented something? Think it is patentable? Inspired to start a business? Then don’t miss this workshop where you can get free advice from registered patent and trademark attorneys and USPTO examiners who are volunteering their time to serve the community. Don’t miss this great...

March 23, 2017

Join us for this free program held at the Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library as we discuss the Gender Gap in Patents followed by an educational training session to learn the basics and an opportunity to meet with USPTO staff to help answer your questions about saving your ideas and...

March 23, 2017

The Boulder County Bar Association Intellectual Property Section will be hosting an ethics presentation. Jim Silbermann from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) will present “Professional Responsibility and Practice before the USPTO.” The program...

March 24, 2017

Have an idea? Invented something? Think it is patentable? Inspired to start a business? Then don’t miss this workshop where you can get free advice from registered patent and trademark attorneys and USPTO examiners who are volunteering their time to serve the community. Don’t miss this great...

March 25, 2017

Join us Saturday, March 25 to learn about the job of a patent examiner including who qualifies to be an examiner, the day-to-day activities related to the job function, and the role the examiner plays in the intellectual property world. The session will demonstrate the tools used to examine and...

March 25, 2017

The Licensing Executives Society Silicon Valley Chapter and the California Invention Center present the first of an educational series “How to Make Money with Your Invention.” The series kick-off will be held at the Silicon Valley U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. Series topics include the...

March 28, 2017

Join us for a Design Patent Brown Bag Lunch and Learn session in the San Jose office March 28, from noon to 1:00 PM. A supervisory patent examiner will give an overview of the design patent system and answer general design patent questions during a live information session. This session is designed...

April 5, 2017

Join us at the USPTO Texas Regional Office where we will be hosting an interactive Q&A session with the Trademark Experts. If you have questions about your current trademark application or if you are looking to get one or you are just interested, please join us. During this virtual meeting with...

April 6, 2017

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? The Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan hosts an introduction to intellectual property concepts followed by a tour of Midwest Regional Office resources every first Thursday of each month. This session is for aspiring...

April 7, 2017

Does your business have an amazing brand name? Do you want to learn how to protect it? In this presentation at the Silicon Valley USPTO, you'll learn basic facts about trademarks and how they differ from patents, copyrights, domain names, and business names. You'll also learn how to select a...

News & Updates

March 8, 2017 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 2017 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…

January 9, 2017 USPTO Announces New Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The Public Advisory…

December 12, 2016 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced Today, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which offers a blueprint for coordinating resources and…

October 14, 2016 USPTO Seeks Further Public Input on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that as part of its effort to solicit input from the public regarding the legal contours of patent subject matter eligibility, it will be holding two roundtables, one in November and…

September 30, 2016 USPTO Seeking Comments on Proposed Patent Fee Adjustments

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking(link is external) (NPRM) proposing to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The proposed fees…

September 29, 2016 USPTO Announces Patents for Humanity Winners

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an Obama administration initiative…

September 27, 2016 USPTO Announces Cancer Moonshot Challenge Winners

Washington— The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the winners of the USPTO Cancer Moonshot Challenge. The challenge was launched by the USPTO in August as part of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, which aims to speed up…

September 15, 2016 USPTO to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of America Invents Act

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it is co-sponsoring with the American Intellectual Property Law Association an event commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) on Wednesday,…