Thanks to the work of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, an individual’s or organization’s intellectual property receives protection from unauthorized use or theft. This occurs when an inventor secures exclusive rights to their discoveries by receiving a patent or trademark.
The USPTO promotes fairness for innovators, as the patents issued protect the creativity and ideas of the inventors. These efforts support the vitality and strength found in the United States economy and the free market system.
Administering patent laws
Maintaining patent eligibility
The USPTO will examine the patent application to determine whether or not the invention is eligible for a patent under current laws. When entitled, the USPTO will grant the patent, publish it and record the assignment of the patent issued. The agency also keeps a room dedicated for use by the public to search and examine all patents issued.
Patents protect inventions and ideas and provide grounds for legal action in cases of intellectual property theft. The USPTO oversees the patent application and approval process.