The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) operates a headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia and four regional offices.
Our regional offices give inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses the added benefit of a USPTO presence in every U.S. time zone. Staff in these offices work closely with intellectual property services, start-ups and job-growth accelerators in their regions. They collaborate with local science, technology, engineering and mathematics organizations.
When President Obama signed the America Invents Act into law in 2011, we were granted the ability to establish at least three regional offices. The first of the new offices, the Elijah J. McCoy office in Detroit, opened in 2012. Our Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Denver opened in 2014. Our Silicon Valley office opened in San Jose in October 2015, and serves the West Coast region. Our Texas Regional Office is scheduled to open in Dallas in November 2015 and will serve a region across the south and southwestern U.S.