U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The mission of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is to foster innovation, competitiveness and economic growth, domestically and abroad, by providing high quality and timely examination of patent and trademark applications, guiding domestic and international intellectual property (IP) policy, and delivering IP information and education worldwide.

Leadership

Andrei Iancu

Under Secretary of Commerce For Intellectual Property and USPTO Director

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USPTO Meets Critical Goals to Reduce Patent Examination Pendency

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For many years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been working to reduce patent pendency times. And since 2018, the agency has had specific goals of under 15 months for first office actions and under 24 months for total pendency, on average. We have now achieved these goals! As of September 30, 2019, which is the end of our 2019 fiscal year (FY), the averages are 14.7...

Spotlight on Commerce: Jim Alstrum-Acevedo Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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Blog post by Jim Alstrum-Acevedo Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) I am a Supervisory Patent Examiner (SPE) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). My team and I examine pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent applications. My team includes fifteen skilled examiners who evaluate patents concerning short polypeptides having less than 100 amino acids,...

Spotlight on Commerce: Tariq Hafiz, Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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Blog post by Tariq Hafiz, Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office My name is Tariq and I am a first-generation professional. I came to the United States of America at the age of 10 and immediately attended elementary school without knowing a word of English. I learned the English alphabet in the 4th grade. I was the only immigrant in the whole school. While growing up being an immigrant...

USPTO Announces Federal Register Notice on Artificial Intelligence Patent Issues

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The following is a cross-post from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Blog post by Laura Peter, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO As a former Silicon Valley intellectual property attorney for more than 20 years, the potential of disruptive technology has long been of special interest to me. Artificial intelligence (AI)...

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the 17th Latin American Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Brasilia, Brazil

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Intro by Norman Anderson, Chair/CEO CGLA Thank you, Norm, for the kind introduction. Thanks also for the opportunity to participate in today’s infrastructure forum. By bringing governments with deal-ready projects together with highly qualified companies, this is fast-tracking needed infrastructure development in the Americas. I see that the United States’ private sector is well-represented here....

Apollo 50: The Role of Intellectual Property in Space Commerce

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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the USPTO will host an event focused on space innovation, technology transfer from the Apollo missions, and an overview of the current administration’s policy on space exploration and space commerce. Mark your calendars and register early. Featured speakers include federal government executives, astronauts, inventors, and commercial space...

Spotlight on Commerce: Charles Kim, Director of the Office of Petitions, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions of Department of Commerce employees in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Guest blog by Charles Kim, Director of the Office of Petitions, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) As the Director of the Office of Petitions, I oversee a talented group of petitions examiners...

Commerce Secretary Ross Honors 2019 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees at the National Building Museum

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Last week, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross joined the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in inducting nineteen of America’s greatest inventors into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) which was held at the historic National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. At the event, Secretary Ross addressed the important role that innovation plays in transforming and advancing our...

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Annual Induction Event

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Thank you, Andrei, for that kind introduction. The country is truly fortunate that you are the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Thank you for your service to all inventors living here and everywhere in the world. And thank you — everyone attending tonight — for your support of the inventors who have transformed our society. Our hearty congratulations to this year’s inductees and...

Spotlight on Commerce: Laura Peter, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions of Department of Commerce employees during Women’s History Month. Guest blog post by Laura Peter, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) This past November, I was appointed Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and...