U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
By WORLDLawDirect [April 4th, 2012]
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO or USPTO) is an agency in the United States Department of Commerce that issues patents to inventors and businesses for their inventions, and trademark registration for product and intellectual property identification.
The USPTO cooperates with the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) as one of the Trilateral Patent Offices. The USPTO is also a Receiving Office, an International Searching Authority and an International Preliminary Examination Authority for international patent applications filed in accordance with the Patent Cooperation Treaty.
Electronic filing system
The USPTO will accept patent applications filed in electronic form. As of March 2006, inventors or their patent agents/attorneys can file applications as Adobe PDF documents. The web page for submitting applications is https://sportal.uspto.gov/secure/portal/efs-unregistered. Filing fees can be paid by credit card or by a USPTO "deposit account".
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO): FAQs about Patents and Trademarks
FAQs include topics:
- General FAQs
- Invention Help
- PATENTS - Basic Process
- PATENTS - Amendments
- Other FAQs
USPTO - General questions:
- Do you have an 800 number?
- How do I find out if I need a patent, trademark or a copyright?
- How do I apply for a copyright?
- Where can I obtain a USPTO form?
- Does the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office offer tours?
- How do I obtain information regarding the Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program?
- Is there help to enforce trademarks, patents and copyrights overseas and stop pirated or counterfeited goods?
Customer Support Offices
Patent EBC Customer Service Center:
866 217-9197 (toll-free) or 571-272-4100 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
For Patent Electronic Filing System, send e-mail to efs@USPTO.gov
Inventors Assistance Center: 800 786-9199 or 571 272-1000
TTY customers can dial 571-272-9950 for customer assistance.
Other Patent Application Processing
Initial Patent Examination, Office of (OIPE) 571 272-4000 – applications
- Assignment Division 571 272-3350
- Petitions, Office of 571 272-3282
- Publishing Division 571-272-4200 or 888 786-0101
- Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT) Helpdesk 571-272-4300
Problems with using TEAS to file trademark applications?
Trademark Assistance Center:
1 800 786-9199
For Copy Ordering questions call Office of Public Records' Customer Service
571 272 3150 or 800 972-6382 - available 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time.
Finance/Fee Payment questions may be directed to:
Deposit Account Branch 571-272-6500
Patent Maintenance Fee Branch 571-272-6500
Refund Branch 571-272-6500
Note: The article above may not contain current information.