Legal assistance and resources

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Upcoming Events

September 23, 2019

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U. S. Patent and Trademark Office as we participate in the 19th Annual Great Lakes Women's Business Conference on September 23, 2019. Information about patents, trademarks, copyrights, and resources for small businesses will be available at our resource...

September 23, 2019

The 2019 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference will take place on September 23-25 at the Plano Marriott Legacy Town Center. This conference will focus on litigation issues unique to the Eastern District of Texas from both the bench and counsel perspectives. USPTO representatives will attend...

October 2, 2019

Join us for an interactive Q&A session with the USPTO's Trademark Experts. This month's presentation will cover navigating the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), the Identification of Goods and Services Manual, and the maintaining of federal trademark registrations. Make sure to bring your...

October 4, 2019

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Assistant Regional Director, James O. Willson, at the 2019 Blacks in Technology Annual Conference . The meeting is a 4-day event, hosted amongst the cosmopolitan backdrop of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota....

October 4, 2019

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as we participate in the Women of Color STEM Conference. This event attracts and leverages exceptional talent within the nation’s scientific and technical workforce. The conference offers valuable career networking...

October 16, 2019

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

November 6, 2019

Join us for an interactive Q&A session with the USPTO's Trademark Experts. This month's presentation will cover navigating the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), the Identification of Goods and Services Manual, and the maintaining of federal trademark registrations. Make sure to bring your...

November 9, 2019

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark office as we participate in STEMQuest. STEMQuest is a Boys Scouts of America Cross Roads Council family friendly event oriented toward providing exposure, activities and resources for Western Michigan families interested in science,...

November 11, 2019

The Center for American and International Law (CAIL) is a nonprofit institution dedicated to improving the quality of justice through the education of lawyers and law enforcement officials in the United States and throughout the world. CAIL will hold its 57th Annual Conference on Intellectual...

November 20, 2019

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

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...