By Wendy Marsh
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced its intention to open new regional offices in or around the cities of Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; and Silicon Valley, California. These offices would be in addition to the Detroit, Michigan satellite office which is scheduled to open on July 13th. Director of the USPTO, David Kappos, states that the four offices will function as "hubs of innovation and creativity" and create new jobs and economic opportunities in each of the local communities.
Selection of the four communities was based upon an analysis of several different criteria, including geographical diversity, regional economic impact, ability to recruit and retain employees, and the ability to engage the intellectual property community. The America Invents Act signed into law by President Obama in September of 2011 requires the USPTO to establish regional satellite locations as part of a larger effort to modernize the United States patent system over the next several years. Kappos believes that the opening of these new offices will help the USPTO attract talented IP experts throughout the country to process patent applications and reduce the current backlog of unexamined patent applications, thus allowing businesses to get their innovations to market more quickly and hopefully increase their ability to create more jobs.