IP Programs and Awards

Upcoming Events

January 31, 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to produce a new wave of innovation and creativity. At the same time, it poses novel challenges and opportunities for intellectual property (IP) policy, such as: How is AI being used to enforce IP rights, protect inventions, and create new business models?...

February 9, 2019

Do you know how to protect your patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property (IP)? Join West Coast Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director John Cabeca in the First Floor Reading Room for a discussion about IP strategies and why startups should consider them. Learn more...

February 10, 2019

The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) is comprised of over 3,000 members who work in more than 800 universities, research centers, hospitals, businesses and government organizations. AUTM’s 2019 Annual Meeting invites technology transfer professionals from around the globe to...

February 18, 2019

Regional Director, Molly Kocialski, joins a panel hosted by Hispanics and Technology which features e xperts from industry, traditional educational, tech academies and community organizations to offer insights on the various paths to tech careers. For event registration and additional information...

March 5, 2019

Join us on the first Tuesday of every month to get your questions on intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets answered. The sessions take place on 2nd floor in the OED Office, or occasionally on the first floor in the QF Innovation Lounge. Walk ins are...

March 11, 2019

The USPTO will be participating in the 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference . On Monday, March 11th, Texas Regional Director Hope Shimabuku will serve as a panelist on the topic of "IP and the Internet of Things." Additional representatives from the USPTO will also be participating in various...

News & Updates

January 5, 2018 Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2018 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…

January 13, 2016 Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2016 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological…

December 22, 2015 President Obama to Honor Nation’s Leading Scientists and Innovators

Today, the White House announced the latest recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation—our Nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. The new awardees will receive their medals at a…

April 3, 2014 USPTO Creates New Office of International Patent Cooperation

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the creation of a new Office of International Patent Cooperation (OIPC). The OIPC will be led by Mark Powell who will serve as USPTO's first Deputy Commissioner for International Patent…

March 10, 2014 U.S. Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force to Host Multistakeholder Forum on Improving the Operation of the Notice and Takedown System under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

  Washington- The U.S. Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF) will hold the first meeting of the public multistakeholder forum on improving the operation of the notice and takedown system for removing infringing content from the Internet under the Digital Millennium Copyright…