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Intellectual property

For hundreds of years, intellectual property has been the driving force of progress in technology, art, and, culture. This is true around the world. It’s part of our shared human experience, no matter where we come from. Which is why the intellectual property offices of the world – including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – work together to ensure that IP rights continue fostering creativity and innovation.

Op-Ed: A Launching Point for Growth in the U.S.-Greece Relationship

Op-eds
Last October, President Trump accepted Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ invitation for the United States to be the honored country at the 83 rd Thessaloniki International Fair. (TIF). The U.S. Pavilion and our extensive commercial, defense and cultural representation at the Fair symbolize the strong U.S. support for Greece throughout its long economic crisis and our commitment to continue this...

Cabinet Meeting Remarks on Workforce Training

Speeches
The President’s tax cuts and regulatory reform are creating a new wave of growth in our advanced manufacturing and technology industries, along with demand for thousands of skilled workers. Our strengthening economy is a godsend for many millions of Americans who want to be part of the workforce, and who now have the opportunity to participate productively in our economy. The lack of adequately...

10 Million Patents: A Celebration of American Innovation

Blog
The following is a cross-post from the USPTO Director's Blog On June 19, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will issue patent number 10 million —a remarkable achievement for the United States of America and our agency. More than just a number, this patent represents one of ten million steps on a continuum of human accomplishment launched when our Founding Fathers provided for intellectual...

USPTO Celebrates Women Innovators for World IP Day

Blog
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...

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...

Accelerate American Leadership

The United States leads the world in research, invention, and innovation. To strengthen our leadership, we are supporting the growth of commercial space activities, investing in foundational research, and protecting intellectual property (IP) to ensure creators can be rewarded for their inventions. The ripple effect of developing and commercializing space and emerging technologies will help ensure...

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

Blog
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...

Readout of Secretary Ross’s Meetings with Chinese Officials During East Asia Travel

Press releases
On September 25, Secretary Wilbur Ross and Ambassador Terry Branstad met separately with Premier Li Keqiang, Vice Premier Wang Yang, NDRC Chairman He Lifeng, Director of the Party Central Economic and Financial Affairs Leading Small Group Liu He, and MIIT Minister Miao Wei. The Secretary also met with his counterpart, Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan, on the evening of September 24. The meetings...