|Description:||The role of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is to promote the progress of science and the useful arts, by securing for inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries for a limited time.
The USPTO is a non-commercial federal entity, which employs over 5,000 full time equivalent staff to support its major functions - the examination and issuance of patents and the examination and registration of trademarks. The USPTO’s primary services include processing patents and trademarks and disseminating patent and trademark information. Through the issuance of patents, the USPTO encourages technological advancement by providing incentives to invent, invest in, and disclose new technology worldwide. By disseminating both patent and trademark information, the USPTO promotes the understanding of intellectual property protection and helps to facilitate the development and sharing of new technologies worldwide.
|Creator:||United States Patent and Trademark Office|
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