Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support and promote the Dallas innovation community. Through the MOU, USPTO will work in partnership with the DEC to collaborate on programs and exchanges designed to educate local entrepreneurs on the effectiveness of intellectual property (IP) protection.
In November 2012, the USPTO announced the location for the Dallas regional satellite office, four months after the Dallas-Fort Worth region was one of three selections for new offices. USPTO officials are already working in the region in a temporary office staffed by Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) judges. The judges are reducing the inventory of patent appeal cases and helping with post-grant trials, which is driving down the number of cost-prohibitive court appearances and resolving patent disputes earlier and more efficiently. The Dallas permanent office will empower small businesses and entrepreneurs to navigate the patent process, meet with examiners, and access USPTO's comprehensive search databases. The MOU with the DEC marks yet another step the USPTO has taken to help grow businesses by establishing partnerships with regional economic development commissions and general public-private partnerships in order to offer a tailored suite of IP support services to local start-ups, incubators, and job accelerators.
"Expanding the level of public access to the USPTO, its resources, and processes remains one of our top priorities," said Commissioner for Patents Margaret A. (Peggy) Focarino. "As we work towards establishing a permanent presence in Dallas, this collaboration with the Dallas Entrepreneur Center will allow us to increase our engagement in the local community."
"Startups are proven to have a positive impact on the economic development of local economies and this MOU between the DEC and the USPTO helps create yet another asset we can provide that improves the area's entrepreneurial landscape," said Trey Bowles, CEO and cofounder of The DEC. "The DEC is committed to providing all the resources we can to encourage startup success in our community and we are proud to have the support and commitment of an organization like the USPTO in this endeavor."
The mission of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) is to stimulate job and economic growth by serving entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial efforts in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. The DEC is a physical location where entrepreneurs and start-ups can receive training, education, mentorship, promotion and access to capital that helps encourage and equip the entrepreneurial community to start, build and grow their businesses. For more information on the Dallas Entrepreneur Center visit http://thedec.co/.
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