The Patent Office has been opening regional offices to better serve inventors in the US. While Alexandria, Virginia is headquarters for the Patent Office, within the past 3 years, satellite offices have been opened in Detroit and Denver. Dallas is scheduled to open later this month.
The USPTO opened the doors to its Silicon Valley Regional Office on October 15. The new office is intended to entrepreneurs, independent inventors, and companies in the West Coast region advance cutting-edge ideas to the marketplace, grow their businesses, and more efficiently navigate the US patent system. Obviously, the location was a strategic one, with San Jose marking the center of Silicon Valley. Patent Office Director Lee said: “Today’s formal office opening is a huge step forward for innovators throughout the region. This office will be a one-stop shop of resources for those who need it at every step of the business lifecycle.”
The new office will assist the USPTO in fostering and protecting innovation. USPTO services will be readily accessible to all applicants and the office will serve as a hub of education and outreach to the West Coast region. The office will benefit from hiring local talent as both patent examiners and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) judges. The new office in Silicon Valley will help entrepreneurs bring their products to market quickly, as well as provide resources tailored to local startups.
When the Dallas branch is opened, the Patent Office will have a presence in each of the four continental time zones.