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

March 22, 2019

The City of Englewood is hosting the third annual Business Resource and Lenders Expo in conjunction with the Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Representatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be available to provide information on resources...

March 26, 2019

If you run a business, you can't afford to ignore trademarks. Join Managing Attorney Craig Morris of the Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for an informative discussion geared toward start-ups and new entrepreneurs. Register early for...

March 27, 2019

If you are a small business owner, learn how to work with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) at the National Small Business Federal Contracting Summit – Spring 2019. The USPTO’s small business specialist and industry liaison will conduct business matchmaking and provide insights into small...

March 27, 2019

If you run a business, you can't afford to ignore trademarks. Join Managing Attorney Craig Morris of the Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for an informative discussion geared toward start-ups and new entrepreneurs. Register early for...

March 27, 2019

If you are a graphic designer, you can't afford to ignore trademarks and copyrights. Come and attend a program specifically tailored for you and learn about the fundamentals of both trademarks and copyrights. Hear about the potential pitfalls of infringement and how to avoid such issues. The overall...

March 29, 2019

The presentation will focus on filing your patent application using the Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web) and managing your patent application online using Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system. The presentation will consist of an interactive tutorial, description of various...

April 2, 2019

Interested in learning about the latest trends and initiatives underway in the Business Methods examination area? Register to attend the 2019 Business Methods Partnership Meeting (BMPM) . The Partnership Meeting is an opportunity to bring stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences, and...

April 2, 2019

Interested in learning about the latest trends and initiatives underway in the Business Methods examination area? Register to attend the 2019 Business Methods Partnership Meeting (BMPM) (link is external) . The Partnership Meeting is an opportunity to bring stakeholders together to share ideas,...

April 2, 2019

Learn about all forms of intellectual property (IP) including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets from United Stated Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) staff. We will be happy to answer your questions on the first Tuesday of every month as we host office hours at the Commons on...

April 3, 2019

Does your business have an amazing brand name? Do you want to learn how to protect it? Learn basic facts about trademarks from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Attorney Advisor for Trademark Educational Outreach Jason Lott. See how trademarks differ from patents, copyrights, domain names,...

News & Updates

Henry “Jamie” Holcombe appointed chief information officer

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Henry “Jamie” Holcombe as the agency’s Chief Information Officer. Holcombe’s first full day in his new role will be Monday, February 25, 2019. Holcombe joins the USPTO after more than 20 years of...

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases new report on trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released “ Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on U.S. patents ,” a report on the trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors named on U.S. patents granted from 1976 through 2016. The report issued by...

United States moves up in international rankings for patent protection

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) ranked the United States in second place for Patents, Related Rights, and Limitations in its 2019 International IP Index, reflecting a significant improvement in patent protection policy. In addition, this year...

U.S. ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomed the recent ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty, which allows limited copyright exceptions for the reproduction of published works in formats accessible to the blind and visually impaired. President Donald J. Trump signed...

Nominations sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2019 National Medal of Technology and Innovation . The medal is the country's highest award for technological achievement and is presented by the president of the United States. The medal is awarded to...

Thomas Krause appointed Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Solicitor

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Thomas W. Krause as the new Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor of the USPTO. Krause, who has served as the agency’s Deputy Solicitor since 2014, begins his new role...

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announces revised guidance for determining subject matter eligibility

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced revised guidance for subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The USPTO also announced guidance on the application of 35 U.S.C. § 112 to computer-implemented inventions. The documents take effect Monday,...

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan . The strategic plan sets out the USPTO’s mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and timeliness; and, to provide domestic...

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announces Laura Peter as deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced the appointment of Laura A. Peter as deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), effective November 13, 2018. Ms. Peter most recently held the...

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...