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. USPTO services will be readily accessible to all applicants and the office will serve as a hub of education and outreach to the Silicon Valley area. The office will benefit from hiring local talent for both examiners and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) judges within the intellectual property and technical fields. The Silicon Valley office will help entrepreneurs market their products quickly and provide resources tailored to local start-ups. The USPTO’s temporary satellite office opened in Menlo Park in November 2013, and will continue to reside in this location until the San Jose City Hall office space is available in early 2015.