The Texas Regional Office, scheduled to open in November 2015, serves Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.
The office will provide outreach services for inventors, entrepreneurs, startups, researchers and others to:
- Search existing patents and trademarks on designated workstations.
- Attend workshops, trainings, conferences and roundtables designed for various experience levels.
- Obtain information about the USPTO through walk-in services.
- Take public tours
- 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. The office also has a hearing room to host PTAB proceedings.
PLEASE NOTE: USPTO regional offices CANNOT accept patent, trademark or copyright applications and/or registrations. Individuals cannot file a patent application or apply to register a trademark at any USPTO regional office, including Texas. Regional offices cannot accept official correspondence. Patent and trademark applications and official correspondence must be done online or by mail. To do this, go to our USPTO homepage and click on “Patents” or “Trademarks” to get started.
Our office will 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. The building is adjacent to Union Station and on the DART path. There is paid public parking available across the street underneath the Old Red Museum.
The USPTO worked with the GSA to select a location in the Dallas-Fort Worth region that is centrally located, affordable, and well suited to the our needs. It also needed to have a strong economic impact on the region, be the best fit for the community, be the most cost-effective, and provide a great place to work for employees, while helping the USPTO fulfill its core mission. The Terminal Annex Federal Building was not only the most affordable, but met all federal regulations for leasing space, while providing the agency flexibility on a move-in date.
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.