IP Programs and Awards

Upcoming Events

June 1, 2019

Our favorite sci-fi inventions turn out to raise some interesting legal questions. Join Rocky Mountain Regional Director Molly Kocialski and other law and ethics experts at Denver Pop Culture Con to consider the intellectual property of the future. Register early. Find out: What happens to the copy...

June 2, 2019

Star Wars presents a universe of legal issues. Join Rocky Mountain Regional Director Molly Kocialski at Denver Pop Culture Con to explore the laws of a galaxy far, far away. Register early. Find out: Was the targeted killing of Galen Erso by the Davits Draven legal? Did the strip mining of Jedha...

June 4, 2019

Join us on the first Tuesday of every month as we host office hours at The Commons on Champa in Downtown Denver as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Federal Government Tuesdays (click HERE for more information). One of our team members will be on hand to provide information and answer...

June 5, 2019

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) Nomination Evaluation Committee will meet in closed session on June 5, 2019. The primary purpose of the meeting is to discuss the relative merits of persons, teams, and companies nominated for the NMTI. The meeting will convene June 5, 2019, at...

June 6, 2019

Policymakers, practitioners, and business owners interested in learning about policies and strategies to more effectively combat counterfeit goods will want to attend this free, all-day program organized by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the McCarthy Institute. It will bring...

June 11, 2019

If you are an entrepreneur, an independent creator, or an inventor, you can't afford to miss this informative intellectual property (IP) event. Learn how multiple government agencies can help protect your hard work, and take advantage of one-on-one meetings with experts. Speakers will cover a wide...

June 13, 2019

If you are an entrepreneur, an independent creator, or an inventor, you can't afford to miss this informative intellectual property (IP) event. Learn how multiple government agencies can help protect your hard work, and take advantage of one-on-one meetings with experts. Speakers will cover a wide...

July 19, 2019

Learn about the different types of intellectual property (including trademarks and copyrights) and take an in-depth look at the patenting process from invention to application to issue. We will also cover the requirements for patentability, how to determine whether a provisional or non-provisional...

August 2, 2019

Learn about the benefits of searching, how to perform a prior art search using keywords and the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, and how to build a search strategy with the USPTO’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office. Space is limited, learn more and register for this free event. The USPTO...

August 13, 2019

Learn how to register a trademark during an interactive question and answer session with experts from the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC). During this virtual meeting with TAC, you will be able to ask questions via video teleconferencing. The Trademark Assistance Center, located in Alexandria,...

News & Updates

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...

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 States....

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...

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 White...

U.S. Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force to Host Series of Roundtables on Copyright Internet Policy Topics

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force will host roundtable discussions in cities around the country on several copyright Internet policy topics, as part of the work envisioned in the Green Paper. The purpose of the roundtables is to engage further with members of...

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...

Nominations Deadline Extended for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is extending the nominations deadline for the 2014 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...

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 Act...

USPTO and Dallas Entrepreneur Center Collaborate on Resource Sharing Initiatives

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support and promote the Dallas innovation community. Through the MOU, USPTO will...

World's Five Largest Intellectual Property Offices Release Annual IP5 Statistics Report

Washington - Last week, a coalition of the world's five largest patent offices - the IP5 - announced the release of the 2012 IP5 Statistics Report . The Report has been designed to facilitate an understanding of operations and patent procedures among the Offices, while providing a means for gauging...