IP Programs and Awards

Upcoming Events

November 27, 2018

Patents for Humanity is the USPTO’s awards competition recognizing innovators who use game-changing technology to meet global humanitarian challenges. Awards are given in five categories: Medicine, Sanitation, Nutrition, Energy, and Living Standards. View this year's award winners here. The program...

December 3, 2018

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Regional Director will join several IP Attachés for a program hosted by the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago and American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section . Learn about the resources and services...

December 4, 2018

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Regional Director and IP Attachés to learn about protecting and enforcing one's intellectual property abroad. Learn how to navigate intellectual property laws and regulations, working with foreign courts, and how to protect...

December 4, 2018

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Regional Director and IP Attachés along with the Chicago-Kent College of Law for a program discussing the IP Attaché program. The discussion will focus on the role IP Attachés play, what they do, their background, and the...

December 4, 2018

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

December 5, 2018

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 do we ensure transparency and guard against bias without sacrificing the competitive edge...

December 12, 2018

Hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center , the 12th Annual IP Attaché Roundtable will feature presentations by each of the USPTO’s intellectual property attachés, followed by a question-and-answer session. The program will provide a unique opportunity to hear an in-...

December 14, 2018

Strategies for IP protection in China The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s China Intellectual Property (IP) Road Show comes to Boise, Idaho on December 14, with a free, one-day program that will bring together experts from the U.S. government, academics, IP attorneys, and local business people to...

January 18, 2019

Part I of the Intellectual Property Basics series will focus on an introduction to the different types of IP including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. The discussion will also cover how to determine whether your invention is novel and illustrate the difference between...

February 1, 2019

Part II of the Intellectual Property Basics series focuses on design patents. The discussion includes an in-depth look at design patents and discuss how and when an entrepreneur or business might consider applying for a design patent. Registration and further information Contact the Rocky Mountain...

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…