The National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP) was incorporated in Virginia as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit trade association on January 22, 1996.  The organization was founded by 19 patent practitioners, mostly patent agents, who had an interest in forming an organization that focused on procedure before the USPTO. NAPP had its first annual meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia in October 1996. Today NAPP has nearly 350 members throughout the United States and around the world.

NAPP began as the virtual meeting place for the "colleague down the hall" for solo practitioners and continues to support its members by promoting collegial support by disseminating information via its two e-mail forums: the General Discussion Forum and the Patent Practice Forum.  The General Discussion Forum provides a forum for members to discuss a variety of issues from member-to-member referrals to Patent Law Reform.  The Patent Practice Forum is focused strictly on patent practice issues and allows for an on-going daily discussion between members on issues related to practice before the USPTO, PCT Practice and Foreign patent practice.

The focus of NAPP is to foster professionalism in the patent practitioner community and to aid patent agents and patent attorneys in staying current in matters relating to practice before the USPTO.