Terminal Annex Federal Building, Texas Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The Texas Regional Office in Dallas serves Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

The office provides outreach services for inventors, entrepreneurs, startups, researchers and others to:

  • Obtain information about the USPTO through walk-in services.
  • Search existing patents and trademarks on designated workstations.
  • Attend workshops, trainings, conferences and roundtables designed for various experience levels.
  • Participate in programs designed to support and foster STEM education with an emphasis on innovative learning.
  • Deliver technical training from experts in the region to patent examiners working around the country.
  • Use collaborative spaces enabling region educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and IP community to collaborate while allowing USPTO to provide them with information and resources.
  • Meet with our strategic Federal partners, like the Small Business Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and other bureaus at the Department of Commerce, on programs for small businesses and the entrepreneurial community during scheduled office hours at our Texas location.
  • Use interview rooms for applicants to connect with patent examiners working at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia and across the country.
  • Gain remote access to Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings at USPTO headquarters and other regional offices in the future. The office also has a hearing room to host PTAB proceedings.
  • Participate in public tours of the Texas facility.

PLEASE NOTE: All new patent applications or correspondence related to patent prosecution may be submitted using EFS-Web, the USPTO's Web-based patent application and document submission system. Using EFS-Web, you can submit documents in PDF format directly to the USPTO within minutes

Location

Our office is located in the Terminal Annex Federal Building, a federal facility, therefore visitors will need a valid form of government-issued identification and undergo a security screening to gain access.

Address:
USPTO Texas Regional Office
207 South Houston St., Suite 159
Dallas, Texas 75202

Business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT. Closed on federal holidays.
Phone: 469-295-9000
Email: TexasRegionalOffice@USPTO.GOV

Public Searching

Public searching on universal public workstations is available from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CT Monday - Friday, except federal holidays.
Universal Public Workstations provide access to the agency’s public electronic patent and trademark collections. The public search room enables researchers to conduct self-directed searches. The Texas Regional Office has eight public workstations with the same access requirements and print capabilities as public workstations in the Public Search Facility at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) located in various public and university libraries offer beginner orientation on searching for patents and trademarks. The Dallas Public Library is a PTRC and is located about one mile from the Texas Regional Office at 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

Collaborative Spaces

The Texas office has a number of collaborative spaces within the USPTO space for the public to use.  For example, the Outreach Room is designed to enable Texas region educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and IP community to collaborate while allowing USPTO to provide them with appropriate information and resources.  Please reserve spaces in advance by contacting the office, see above.

Parking

Parking is not available in the Terminal Annex Federal Building for USPTO visitors. There are several parking garages (few listed below) nearby and limited metered parking is available on South Houston Street in front of the building.

  • Ace Parking – H Lot at 525 S. Houston Street; telephone: (214) 748-5535
  • Ace Parking – Union Station at 300 Reunion Boulevard; telephone: (214) 761-6400
  • Star Parking at 501 N. Houston Street; telephone: (214) 871-2283
  • LAZ Parking at 1015 Elm Street; telephone: (214) 747-7675

Upcoming Events

 

  • April 27, 2016 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT
    Patent Community Symposium
    USPTO Texas Regional Office
    The Symposium aims to share updates about the USPTO's progress to date on the enhanced patent quality initiatives and to further discuss patent quality from stakeholders' perspectives. Stakeholders in the region are invited to participate at the Texas Regional Office of the USPTO where we will conduct live, hands-on workshops facilitated by senior USPTO staff, and provide a live viewing of the Alexandria, VA headquarters program.
     
  • April 27, 2016 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT
    World IP Day Expo Dallas 2016
    USPTO Texas Regional Office
    Join us for an open-door exposition and presentations!  USPTO in collaboration with AIPLA, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Dallas Regional Chamber, the Dallas Entrepreneurship Center, the Dallas Bar Intellectual Property Law section and others will be celebrating 2016 World IP Day at the Texas Regional Office of the USPTO.

Employment

The goal is to have 100 examiners and 20 administrative patent judges, as well as several support staff, on site in Dallas by the end of the first year of operation.  We will continue to benefit from hiring local talent for both examiners and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) judges within the intellectual property and technical fields.

If you are interested in working for the USPTO please visit www.usajobs.gov.

Correspondence Related to Patent Prosecution

All new patent applications or correspondence related to patent prosecution may be submitted using EFS-Web, the USPTO’s Web-based patent application and document submission system. EFS-Web utilizes standard Web-based screens and prompts to enable you to submit patent application documents in PDF format directly to the USPTO within minutes.  In the event you do not use EFS-Web when filing new patent application(s) and correspondence relating to patent prosecution with the USPTO, these documents must be hand delivered to the USPTO in Alexandria, VA or mailed via the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to the USPTO at the address below to receive the date of deposit with the USPS:

  • Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.

Please note – To receive the benefit of a certificate of mailing or Express Mail, new applications and other patent correspondence sent via the USPS to the USPTO must be addressed to the Alexandria, VA address above.  See 37 C.F.R. §§ 1.8, 1.10.  New applications and other patent correspondence sent via USPS to the USPTO at an address other than the Alexandria, VA address will receive a filing or deposit date that is the actual date of receipt of the correspondence by the USPTO, and not the date the document was deposited with the USPS.  Also, effective November 15, 2011, any regular non-provisional utility application filed by mail or hand-delivery will require payment of an additional fee of $400 ($200 for small entities).  The only way to avoid paying this additional fee is by filing any non-provisional utility application via EFS-Web.  

Please see  http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/file/efs/index.jsp for more information about EFS-Web.  Full technical support for EFS-Web is available through the Patent Electronic Business Center (EBC) by calling  866-217-9197 from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.