The USPTO's Rocky Mountain Regional office officially opened June 30, 2014 in the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building. The Rogers building is home to 11 federal agencies in downtown Denver and offers convenient access to downtown and suburban sites. The office will house both examiners and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) judges in a 45,000 square foot space. The building offers a fitness center, health unit, and large conference space.
While parking is not available in the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building for USPTO visitors, there are number of parking garages located within just a few blocks of the building which are listed below. Metered parking is also available on the side of the building with a 2 – hour maximum. Note that the Denver Office does not validate parking.
- Ambassador Parking Management offers surface parking at the corner of 20th Street and Champa Street; telephone: (303) 972-4510
- Century Link Building offers garage parking at 1890 Stout Street telephone: (303) 292-6126
- 24-Hour Public Parking offers surface parking at the corner of 20th Street and Stout Street directly across from the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building; no monthly parking
Proceed to the building Security Desk and present a valid photo ID. The building security guard will contact the USPTO guard desk to confirm access and/or arrange for you to be escorted by a USPTO employee. They will direct you to the left bank of elevators. Proceed to the 14th floor and upon exiting the elevators, you will see the USPTO guard desk. Once you arrive, USPTO guards will assist you in signing in for admittance.
Universal Public Workstations at the Byron G. Rogers USPTO Satellite Office in Denver provide access to the agency’s public electronic patent and trademark collections. The public search room is designed to enable individual researchers to conduct self-directed searches. The Denver office has four public workstations available that have the same access requirements and print capabilities as identical public workstations in USPTO’s Public Search Facility. Customers who have limited experience in patent or trademark searching, or are new to the subject area of patents and trademarks, are strongly encouraged to first contact or pay a visit to the Denver Public Library. The Denver Public Library is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) that offers beginner orientation on searching for patents and trademarks and is located about one mile from the Denver office at 10 West 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204.
Public searching on universal public workstations is available from 9 AM - 4 PM MT Monday - Friday, except federal holidays.
The Public Search Facility at USPTO's Alexandria, VA. headquarters offers access to additional collections and services.
Video conferencing equipment is available for use for patent application interviews and can be scheduled once an interview has been set up with an applicant’s respective examiner. Please work with your examiner to schedule an interview at the Denver Satellite Office using video conferencing equipment. For any additional assistance, please to contact the Denver office at (303) 297-4600.
The USPTO partnered with GSA for a Workplace Engagement plan study how satellite office spaces might be aligned to meet agency goals, and to better provide spaces for enhanced collaboration and public outreach. As a result, the Denver USPTO office has a number of collaborative spaces within the USPTO space for public to use. For example, the Collaboration Center is designed to enable Rocky Mountain region educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and IP community to collaborate while allowing USPTO to provide them with appropriate information and resources. This space may be configured in different ways to conduct conferences equipped with a whiteboard wall, whiteboard easels, and two telephones. The spaces do need to be reserved in advance.
Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Judges for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in Denver work in conjunction with judges at the USPTO’s main campus in Alexandria, VA. Also, the Denver Hearing Room is equipped with enhanced collaboration equipment that provides a new venue to our stakeholders from which to participate in Board proceedings.
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.