A pioneering partnership promises a better tomorrow – USPTO & NOAA

  • USPTO and NOAA sign MOU to advance climate and environmental tech innovations.
  • Collaboration aims to bolster U.S. resilience against climate change and promote sustainable growth.
  • Initiatives include employee exchange programs, collaborative projects, data sharing, and policy development.
  • Emphasizes protecting innovation through IP for significant climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Already showing success with employee exchange program and IP training to enhance technological innovations.
  • Aims to enrich patent examination process and foster innovation in critical climate and environmental sectors.

In an era where climate change poses unprecedented challenges, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have embarked on a groundbreaking partnership.


With the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU), these two esteemed agencies within the U.S. Department of Commerce have pledged to join forces to foster innovation in climate, blue, and green technologies. This collaboration underscores a shared commitment to bolstering our nation’s resilience against climate change, promoting environmental stewardship, and driving sustainable economic growth.


The essence of this MOU lies in leveraging NOAA’s pioneering research and technology to inspire and actualize future climate-ready solutions. It establishes a framework for ongoing partnership, encompassing employee exchange programs, collaborative initiatives, data sharing, and policy development to champion climate and environmental stewardship.


Kathi Vidal, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director, emphasizes the urgency of bringing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies to market swiftly and broadly. “Collaboration with climate innovators, like our esteemed colleagues at NOAA, is crucial for protecting innovation through intellectual property and securing the necessary investments to make a substantial impact,” she states.


Rick W. Spinrad, Ph.D., NOAA’s Administrator, mirrors this sentiment, highlighting innovation as the cornerstone of a climate-resilient nation and economy. Through this partnership, NOAA and the USPTO aim to ensure that intellectual property protection bolsters the advancement of new ideas, benefiting the entire nation.


The collaboration has already seen tangible successes, such as the employee exchange program, which has facilitated the sharing of expertise and resources between the USPTO and NOAA. USPTO experts have been providing intellectual property training to NOAA’s scientific workforce, enhancing the reach and impact of NOAA’s technological innovations.


Concurrently, NOAA’s climate experts have been instrumental in educating USPTO patent examiners on climate and environmental technologies, thereby enriching the patent examination process and fostering innovation in these vital sectors.

Championing Climate Innovation and Offering Exclusive Support

At Legal Advantage, the collaboration between the USPTO and NOAA resonates with our commitment to advancing environmental technology innovation. We’re dedicated to aiding inventors focused on climate change and green energy challenges. By navigating the complexities of IP law, we ensure their groundbreaking inventions are protected promptly and effectively.


As these agencies push the boundaries of innovation in environmental technology, Legal Advantage steps up to provide the crucial support these inventors need. Our expertise is not just in offering guidance; we go further by offering exclusive discounts to solo inventors making significant strides in creating a better, sustainable future. This added support underscores our commitment to empowering innovators and safeguarding their vital contributions.


Together, we’re helping bring visionary climate solutions to life, making a tangible impact on our planet’s future.