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 Celebrates Women Innovators for World IP Day

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By Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Today, April 26, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) celebrates World Intellectual Property (IP) day in Washington, D.C., as well as across the country in Houston , Chicago and Silicon Valley . The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) established...

Spotlight on Commerce: Errica Miller, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner of Patent Administration, 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 during Women’s History Month. Guest blog post by Errica Miller, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner of Patent Administration, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office As the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner of Patent Administration, I am responsible for tracking...

2018 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees Announced: Innovators and Creators to be Rewarded for their Inventions in May

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Earlier this year, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, in partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), announced the 2018 class of inductees . These visionary innovators each patented inventions that revolutionized their industries and changed people’s lives. Of the fifteen new inductees, five will be honored posthumously. The National Inventors Hall of Fame was established in...

Spotlight on Commerce: Bismarck Myrick, 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 during Black History Month. As the Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity (OEEOD) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), I provide strategic direction and guidance in carrying out the Agency’s equal employment opportunity and...

Leveraging Open Data to Fuel American Innovation

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Leveraging open data is a priority for the Trump Administration , as part of its long-term commitment to modernize government and as a key driver of the American economy. Recently, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced newly-released data giving the public new insights regarding the ins and outs of the patent process, while also providing the USPTO with more meaningful metrics so...

2017 Collegiate Inventors Competition Winners Announced

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The future of American innovation was on display November 3rd at the 2017 Collegiate Inventors Competition held at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, VA. Cutting-edge inventions created by the nation’s brightest young innovators from colleges and universities across the country — solving challenges from water decontamination to wearable power generation — were showcased at...

Something Spooky This Way Comes – Strange, Weird and Unsettling IP

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Americans will spend an estimated 9.1 billion dollars on Halloween this year , and yet many trick-or-treaters remain unaware that this holiday is crawling with countless examples of intellectual property (IP) – from the registered trademarks protecting the candy you eat and the costumes you wear, to the utility and design patents behind the tools to carve pumpkins or manufacture Halloween...

Spotlight on Commerce: Juan Valentin, Education Program Advisor, 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 Hispanic Heritage Month. Guest blog post by Juan Valentin, Education Program Advisor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) If you had told me ten years ago that in October of 2017 I would be traveling across the United States educating children and adults...

Dream to Reality – Helping Inventors Patent New Technologies

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Small businesses and independent inventors both serve a vital role in our nation’s economy. And, helping those with limited resources is an important goal of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program provides free legal assistance to financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses interested in securing patent protection for their...

Inspiring Young Minds to be Innovators and Pursue their Dreams

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In connection with American Dream Week (July 31 – August 4, 2017), the U.S. Department of Commerce is proud to highlight the important role Commerce agencies play in creating jobs and economic opportunities in American communities across the nation Blog by Joe Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO At Camp...