The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

November 14, 2018

Attend an interactive Q&A session with patent experts at the USPTO Texas Regional Office (TXRO). The TXRO will continue its 4-class curriculum on patents. Class 1 is an overview of intellectual property with a focus on patents, EFS-Web, and USPTO resources. Class 2 discusses key aspects of...

November 14, 2018

Join TC1600 staff, including TC Director Andrew Wang, and members of the Colorado BioScience Association for a conversation about subject matter eligibility, written description, and enablement. This event will provide an informal opportunity for participating stakeholders to share insights and...

November 15, 2018

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the American Small Business Chamber of Commerce / National Association of Small Business Contractors will be joining together to present The National Small Business Federal Contracting Summit – DC Conference – Fall 2018. The...

November 15, 2018

Topic: "Understanding the Patent Examination Process” The USPTO’s Inventor Info Chat webinar series continues on November 15, 2018 from 11 a.m. – noon ET with an informative discussion on "Understanding the Patent Examination Process.” Presentation Overview Explanation of the role of the patent...

November 15, 2018

***The trademark program is CANCELED. We apologize for the inconvenience. Look for the rescheduled event early next year.*** Come learn from the USPTO during a full-day of programs on international and domestic Trademark practices before the USPTO. Topics will include: Overview of the Madrid system...

November 15, 2018

In October, EFS-Web and Private PAIR users will need to use a new, safer, and simpler log-in. Learn about the changes at one of a series of virtual informational sessions hosted by the USPTO’s eCommerce Modernization team. Experts will share information about the new USPTO.gov account for...

November 16, 2018

Part III of the Intellectual Property Basics series which will focus on the benefits of searching, working with the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, keyword searching vs. CPC searching, the 6-step search process, and building a search strategy using keywords. Registration and further...

November 16, 2018

A Supervisory Patent Examiner will lead a workshop explaining the various parts of a patent application. Attendees will learn about the formalities and requirements of drafting a patent application as well as common pitfalls. Attendees should have an intermediate knowledge of the intellectual...

November 17, 2018

Please join Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Regional Director, Damian Porcari for a day of inclusive innovation. This program for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses is hosted by the Office of Congressman Danny K. Davis and the World...

November 19, 2018

In October, EFS-Web and Private PAIR users will need to use a new, safer, and simpler log-in. Learn about the changes at one of a series of virtual informational sessions hosted by the USPTO’s eCommerce Modernization team. Experts will share information about the new USPTO.gov account for...

News & Updates

August 22, 2018 USPTO Seeking Public Comments on Draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it is seeking comments on the draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The draft plan sets out the USPTO's mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and…

August 9, 2018 USPTO announces 2018 Patents for Humanity winners

WASHINGTON– The 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 initiative promoting game-changing innovations to address…

July 27, 2018 USPTO Launches Anti-Counterfeiting Video Contest

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of an anti-counterfeiting video contest during the National Trademark Exposition. The “Consumers Combat Counterfeits" contest invites entrants to submit creative videos to help  raise awareness about…

June 20, 2018 USPTO Adds Additional Schools to Law School Clinic Certification Program

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that 20 new law schools have joined the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Program, and five currently participating law schools have added a second clinic program, during the 2016-2018 expansion. Eight law…

June 19, 2018 United States Issues Patent Number 10,000,000

WASHINGTON -  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued U.S. patent number 10 million. More than just a number, patent 10 million celebrates the rich history and strength of the American intellectual property system dating back to the first U.S. patent, signed 228 years…

May 15, 2018 USPTO Announces Recipients of 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate in recognition of individuals who help make the Patent Pro Bono Program available to financially under-resourced…

May 15, 2018 USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July…