Washington – Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Michelle K. Lee, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the permanent location for the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office, West Coast Region. Located in the Silicon Valley’s central business district, the new office will help the West Coast region's entrepreneurs advance cutting-edge ideas to the marketplace, grow their businesses, and more efficiently navigate the world's strongest intellectual property system.
"Today’s formal office opening is a huge step forward for innovators throughout the region,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee. “This office will be a one-stop shop of resources for those who need it at every step of the business lifecycle.”
The new office will 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 West Coast Region. 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 West Coast Regional office will help entrepreneurs market their products quickly and provide resources tailored to local start-ups.
"This office will be an embassy of innovation,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee. “The regional offices let us hear more directly from innovators, IP practitioners, business leaders, educators, companies, universities, and members of the startup community.”
Following the ceremony, Lee toured the new facility, with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, and U.S. Representative. Zoe Lofgren.
In an era where our stakeholders’ businesses are rapidly evolving and the intellectual property (IP) landscape is constantly adapting to new and emergent technologies, it’s important to ensure the USPTO can engage effectively with communities, industries, and innovators. The USPTO’s regional offices play a crucial role in these efforts, assisting inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in their respective regions, while supporting the USPTO’s core mission of fostering American innovation and competitiveness. The USPTO also recently announced the launch of a nationwide Partnership with the Startup Community – the USPTO’s Startup Partnership. The USPTO’s Startup Partnership will empower young, high-growth businesses. It will provide for the development and cultivation of a set of programs and resources tailored to the unique needs of the startup community.
The Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office, West Coast Region, stands as a symbol of the region's rich history in innovation and technological savvy.
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