Why is IP protection important?
The protection of Intellectual Property (IP) is essential to innovation; patents allow inventors to profit from their work. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) serves all American entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators through the patent process. The USPTO also works with agencies across the Federal government to enforce IP protections both in the U.S. and abroad. When inventors are confident their creations will be protected, they are motivated to invest their time and resources in ideas that improve the lives of everyday Americans.