USPTO/AUTM Patent Examiners Training Initiative

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is partnering with AUTM to invite AUTM members from across the country to participate in the USPTO Patent Examiner Technical Training Program. This joint training and education effort calls upon AUTM members to provide specialized technical training to patent examiners who work in the various technologies examined throughout the USPTO. For universities, putting the patent examiners together with the AUTM members who can identify faculty to discuss advances in the state of the art, emerging scientific and industry trends, and recent innovations in the member’s field of research or expertise will result in more streamlined patent examination and quicker final disposition. 

How to Participate

  • Visit the Patent Examiner Technical Training Program (PETTP) website for further information on the program, how to participate and for more details on the technical areas that need specialized training from your faculty or subject experts
  • Review the information regarding the Patent Examiner Technical Training Program (PETTP) available on the USPTO website 
  •  The Standard Operating Procedures and the Invited Speaker Conflict of Interest policy statement also provided here 
  • Complete the brief "request to participate" form
  • Once the request is accepted by the USPTO, an assigned USPTO lead will contact you and walk you through the process. Select your presenter and field of interest. A mutually agreed upon date and time will be determined

Contact Wynn Coggins at for further information or questions about program participation

Your presentation will be promoted and archived on the USPTO website.

How to Leverage at Your University

1. Place a link to this initiative on your webpage

2. Feature your participating faculty member on your website, in your newsletter, in relevant university publications and websites

3. Send a thank you email to your participating faculty copying their dean or appropriate management chain (great faculty relationship building.)

4. Remind your faculty this is something that can be added to their CV

5. Let your federal relations staff know about your participation and support of the USPTO—this will give them (and others) an opportunity to include your participation in their talking points, reports, etc.

6. Send an announcement to your local media.