Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure
Are you or your client interested in in-person training that focuses on examination practice and procedure? Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) is designed to provide external stakeholders with a better understanding of how, and why, an examiner makes decisions while examining a patent application. The STEPP program provides unique day-in-the-life experiences to those attending training. Two course formats are available: Agent/Attorney and Inventor 3-Day Courses.
To learn more, visit the Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) page.
USPTO events offering CLE credits
The USPTO regularly organizes or participates in continuing legal education (CLE) credit offerings across the country. Offerings cover a variety of topics. To learn more, visit the USPTO CLE events page.
Examiner training and material
Looking for additional information on examination practice and procedure? Publicly available material used to train USPTO patent examiners is available on our Examiner Training Materials page and the Examination Guidance and Training Materials page.
Patent Examiner Technical Training Program
Are you or your client interested in providing technical training to patent examiners? The Patent Examiner Technical Training Program (PETTP) offers technologists, scientists, engineers, and other experts from industry and academia, an opportunity to voluntarily provide technical training and expertise to patent examiners either in-person or virtually from their own location.
Presentations can be delivered in-person at our headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, or at one of our USPTO regional offices in Detroit, Dallas, Denver, and San Jose.
To learn more, visit the PETTP page.
Site Experience Education (SEE) Program
Are you or your client interested in hosting patent examiners at your office or facility? The Site Experience Education (SEE) Program provides commercial, industrial, and academic institutions—within the continental U.S.— the opportunity to voluntarily host patent examiner technical site visits. The USPTO funds all SEE travel costs for patent examiner visits to host organizations.
To learn more, visit the SEE program page.