San Jose City Hall


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The Silicon Valley USPTO is a West Coast regional office, serving California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Alaska, and Hawaii.

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

  • Obtain information about the USPTO and Intellectual Property through walk-in services.
  • Search existing patents and trademarks on designated workstations.
  • Attend workshops, trainings, conferences and roundtables tailored to the needs of the community at all levels.
  • Participate in programs designed to support and foster STEM education with an emphasis on innovative learning.
  • Use interview rooms for applicants to connect with working at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia and across the country.
  • Deliver technical training from experts in the region to patent examiners working around the country
  • Meet with our strategic Federal partners, like the Small Business Administration and other bureaus at the Department of Commerce, on programs for the small business and entrepreneurial community during scheduled office hours at our San Jose location.
  • 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 as well as Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings.
  • Participate in public tours of the San Jose facility, offered periodically through our events page on this site.

NOTE: Almost 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. Learn about submitting patent applications or patent prosecution correspondence

Visiting Us

Our office is located in a federal facility.  Therefore, visitors must have a valid form of government-issued identification (driver license or passport) to gain access and may be subject to security screening. 

Silicon Valley USPTO
26 S. Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Business hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. PT.  Closed on federal holidays.

Phone: 408-918-9900

There is metered street parking on S. Fourth Street and surrounding streets, as well as public parking garages, including the Fourth Street Garage (which is not available to motorcycles).  The USPTO does not provide parking validation. 

Now Available! Patent Specialist 1-on-1 Meetings!

The USPTO is excited to announce the ability for entrepreneurs and independent inventors to schedule a twenty minute 1-on-1 in-person meeting with a USPTO patent prosecution specialist to discuss the patent process at our regional office in San Jose City Hall.  The meetings will provide individuals with an opportunity to seek assistance with their inventions and the patent process, and serve as a complement to our ongoing educational programming.  Register now for appointments through July!

Upcoming Events 

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  • June 22, 2016, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PT
    Trademark Madrid Protocol: Update and Tips for Users
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    Two Madrid Protocol experts provide an update about the international trademark agreement and tips on filing those applications at the USPTO.  Two hours of California MCLE credit will be offered, pending approval.

  • June 28, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. PT
    USPTO IP and 3D Printing Conference at Silicon Valley
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office 
    The Silicon Valley USPTO
    participates remotely in the USPTO IP and 3D Printing Conference and hears some of the leading voices in the field of IP and 3D printing discuss IP law and policy in the context of this rapidly-evolving technology.  Two hours of California MCLE credit will be offered, pending approval.

  • July 1, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. PT
    Silicon Valley USPTO public tour
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    Tour of and information about our office.
  • July 12, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. PT
    Trademark Tuesday
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    Trademark Assistance Center provides trademark basics and answers questions via videoconference.

  • July 21, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. PT 
    Patent Brown Bag “Lunch and Learn”
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    Supervisory patent examiners help inventors and entrepreneurs during live information session.

The Silicon Valley, known as one of the most prodigious and innovative entrepreneurial communities in the country, was selected as our West Coast presence to assist the USPTO in fostering and protecting innovation.  Looking for information focused on startups? Visit our Startup Resources page.