Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success (SUCCESS) Act of 2018

On October 31, 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success  Act of 2018 or "SUCCESS Act.” Section 3 of the act requires the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in consultation with the administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, to provide a report to Congress on publicly available data on patents applied for and obtained by women, minorities, and veterans. The report is also to provide legislative recommendations regarding how to:  

  1. Promote the participation of women, minorities, and veterans in entrepreneurial activities.
  2. Increase the number of women, minorities, and veterans who apply for and obtain patents. 

The USPTO is gathering information for the purposes of preparing the study required by the SUCCESS Act. To assist in collecting this information, the USPTO invites the public to provide comments and attend public hearings concerning the participation of women, minorities, and veterans in entrepreneurship activities and the patent system. The Federal Register Notice provides detailed information regarding how to participate in the public hearings or submit written comments.  

Public hearings

The USPTO will hold three public hearings to obtain comments regarding the participation of women, minorities, and veterans in entrepreneurship activities and the patent system. Those wishing to present oral testimony at one of the hearings should request an opportunity to do so by submitting an email to successact@uspto.gov. The deadline to request to speak has been extended from the original deadline of May 1, 2019. Please see the event pages for additional details and dates. Speakers providing oral testimony at the hearings may also submit a written copy of their testimony for inclusion in the record of the proceedings no later than June 30, 2019.

Dates and locations

Each public hearing will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time. For more information, please visit their respective event pages:

May 8, 2019 – Alexandria, Virginia

June 3, 2019 – San Jose, California

June 18, 2019 – Detroit, Michigan (NEW DATE)

Written comments

Anyone wishing to submit written comments should email them to successact@uspto.gov by June 30, 2019. Comments may also be submitted by postal mail addressed to:

Office of the Chief Economist
Mail Stop OPIA
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313–1450.  

Please note that written comments and testimony will be made available for public inspection. Information that a respondent does not desire to be made public should not be included in oral testimony or written comments.