The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just announced that it will soon be opening regional offices in or around Dallas, Denver, and San Jose. These are in addition to the already-announced USPTO satellite office slated to open on July 13 in Detroit.
This is the first time in the agency’s 200-plus year history that it will have an office outside of the Washington metropolitan area. Selection of the sites was based on criteria such as geographical diversity, regional economic impact, and the ability to engage the intellectual property community.
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011, signed into law by President Obama in September, required the PTO to establish regional satellite locations as part of a larger effort to modernize the U.S. patent system over the next 3 years.
The PTO’s press release provides more information.