The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced plans to open satellite offices in the Silicon Valley, Denver, and Dallas in addition to the Detroit location, which had already been planned.
By opening the satellite offices, the USPTO hopes to make some headway on the backlog of patent applications as well as accommodate intellectual property experts who didn’t want to move to Washington, D.C., where the USPTO is headquartered. The move is in compliance with “the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA), signed into law by President Obama in September, [which] requires the USPTO to establish regional satellite locations as part of a larger effort to modernize the U.S. patent system over the next three years.”
Potential satellite locations were judged on criteria “including geographical diversity, regional economic impact, ability to recruit and retain employees, and the ability to engage the intellectual property community.” The USPTO noted that its decision placed the satellites among three time zones and that Dallas and the Silicon Valley had large populations of engineers while Denver scored well in both cost of living and “sought-after place to live and work.”
According to a press release, “The four offices will function as hubs of innovation and creativity, helping protect and foster American innovation in the global marketplace, helping businesses cut through red tape, and creating new economic opportunities in each of the local communities.”
The opening of the Detroit office on July 13 will mark the first time in the patent office’s 200-plus year history that it will operate outside of Washington, D.C.
We’ll keep you posted on any further developments on this, including whether the patents begin getting processed faster with the additional offices open–so please do feel free to share your experiences on this!