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July 01, 2005
#05-28

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Press Release, 05-28

USPTO Completes Move to New Headquarters

PRESS RELEASE


WASHINGTON, D.C. --The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced completion of its move to new, consolidated headquarters in Alexandria, VA, which involved relocating over 7,000 employees and contractors. The consolidation from 18 buildings in Crystal City, VA, is expected to save the federal government more than $98 million over the 20-year term of the lease.

The USPTO’s new 2.4 million sq. ft. facility includes five interconnected buildings, designed in a “U” shape configuration to form a campus-like setting. The centerpiece of the facility is the signature “Madison” building, remarkable for its 10-story atrium. The USPTO headquarters also includes four companion office buildings and two parking structures, each with a facade of townhouse offices.

“We are proud that construction stayed on or ahead of schedule and under budget,” noted Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Jon Dudas. “We now have a world-class, state-of-the-art facility that is better equipped to support the mission of the USPTO.”

USPTO's new headquarters is designed to accommodate cutting edge technology, necessary to fully automate the processing of patent and trademark applications. Modern buildings and equipment and employee-friendly services, including a child-development center, multipurpose meeting facilities, and fitness center, give USPTO the opportunity to attract and retain a highly skilled workforce.

For more information on the new USPTO campus, see attached fact sheet .

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