How to use IdeaScale

IdeaScale is an online collaboration tool the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) uses to gather feedback from members of the trademark community. We launch IdeaScale campaigns to solicit your input on specific documents such as manuals, procedures, and draft policy guidance. While a campaign is active, you can use the IdeaScale page to access the document and provide your insights.

How do I set up my account?

Create an account using the "register" button on the Trademark policy collaboration site. After you complete the registration page, you will receive an email verifying your account and allowing you to create a password and access the site. 

Click "join this community" in the top left corner or our page before submitting comments.

What kind of feedback should I submit?

All comments that can we can use to improve the document are welcome. Some examples are:

  • Suggestions for clarification
  • Examples of interpretation
  • Discussions on topics such as how to interpret recent court decisions
  • Responses to and votes on comments submitted by other community members

How do I submit a comment?

When you are on the Trademark Policy Collaboration Site, click on the blue "Submit New Idea" button in the top right corner of the page. Make sure that the correct campaign is selected from the drop down list, complete the required fields and click the submit button. 

To view all comments in a campaign, find the “Active Campaign” section on the right side of the page and click on the campaign you would like to access. You may need to click on the plus symbol to expand the list of campaigns.  

Where can I get more help?

For additional assistance, see the comprehensive user guide. Please direct questions regarding accessing and using the IdeaScale website to the TMPolicy(link sends e-mail) mailbox.