HW 5 - Quinn McCoy HW 5 ME403-005 The United States Patent...

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Quinn McCoy HW 5 ME403-005 10/17/19 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is a federal agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce. It issues patents to inventors and businesses for their inventions and it issues trademarks for product and intellectual property identification. The USPTO is similar to a business in which it charges fees to cover the costs of performing the services to its users. The USPTO operates solely on income generated from fees involved in registering patents and trademarks and is one of the only federal agencies that operates this way. The USPTO is based in Alexandria, Virginia and consists of 11 city like buildings all based in one area. The USPTO employees just under 10,000 people, composed mostly of Patent Examiners. Other jobs includ trademark attorneys and general support staff. “The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and other U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement” [1].

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