Terminal Annex Federal Building, Texas Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The Texas Regional Office in Dallas serves Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

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

  • Obtain information about the USPTO through walk-in services.
  • Search existing patents and trademarks on designated workstations.
  • Attend workshops, trainings, conferences and roundtables designed for various experience levels.
  • Participate in programs designed to support and foster STEM education with an emphasis on innovative learning.
  • Deliver technical training from experts in the region to patent examiners working around the country.
  • Use collaborative spaces enabling region educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and IP community to collaborate while allowing USPTO to provide them with information and resources.
  • Meet with our strategic Federal partners, like the Small Business Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and other bureaus at the Department of Commerce, on programs for small businesses and the entrepreneurial community during scheduled office hours at our Texas location.
  • Use interview rooms for applicants to connect with patent examiners working at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia and across the country.
  • 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 proceedings.
  • Tour our facility.  We host scheduled public tours the second Friday of every month from 10:00-11:00 a.m., excluding federal holidays.  To schedule a tour, send an e-mail to texasregionalUSPTOEvents@USPTO.GOV or call 469-295-9000.


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.

Location

Our office is located in the Terminal Annex Federal Building, a federal facility, therefore visitors will need a valid form of government-issued identification and undergo a security screening to gain access.

Address:
USPTO Texas Regional Office
207 South Houston St., Suite 159
Dallas, Texas 75202

Business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT. Closed on federal holidays.
Phone: 469-295-9000
Email: TexasRegionalOffice@USPTO.GOV

Public Searching

Public searching on universal public workstations is available from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CT Monday - Friday, except federal holidays.
Universal Public Workstations provide access to the agency’s public electronic patent and trademark collections. The public search room enables researchers to conduct self-directed searches. The Texas Regional Office has eight public workstations with the same access requirements and print capabilities as public workstations in the Public Search Facility at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) located in various public and university libraries offer beginner orientation on searching for patents and trademarks. The Dallas Public Library is a PTRC and is located about one mile from the Texas Regional Office at 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

Collaborative Spaces

The Texas office has a number of collaborative spaces within the USPTO space for the public to use.  For example, the Outreach Room is designed to enable Texas region educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and IP community to collaborate while allowing USPTO to provide them with appropriate information and resources.  Please reserve spaces in advance by contacting the office, see above.

Parking

Parking is not available in the Terminal Annex Federal Building for USPTO visitors. There are several parking garages (few listed below) nearby and limited metered parking is available on South Houston Street in front of the building.

  • Ace Parking – H Lot at 525 S. Houston Street; telephone: (214) 748-5535
  • Ace Parking – Union Station at 300 Reunion Boulevard; telephone: (214) 761-6400
  • Star Parking at 501 N. Houston Street; telephone: (214) 871-2283
  • LAZ Parking at 1015 Elm Street; telephone: (214) 747-7675

Upcoming Events

See full event listing for the Texas Regional Office | See full event listing for the USPTO

  • Monday, April 17, 2017
    UNT College of Law Interest Fair
    Dallas, TX

    The USPTO Texas Regional Office (TXRO) will be participating at the University of North Texas (UNT) College of Law Interest Fair.

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    Meet the Patent Experts: Class 4
    Texas Regional Office

    Attend an interactive Q&A session with patent experts at the USPTO Texas Regional Office (TXRO). Class 4 will cover claim drafting and pitfalls.

  • Friday, April 21, 2017
    Law School Clinic Open House
    Texas Regional Office

    The USPTO Texas Regional Office is hosting a Law School Clinic Open House. Law professors and law students are invited to come and learn about USPTO IP law clinics.

  • Friday, April 21 - Sunday, April 23, 2017
    Earth Day Texas / World IP Day Dallas
    Dallas, TX

    The Texas Regional Office will be staffing a booth in the Exhibition Hall for this 3-day event to provide information on the Texas Regional Office and USPTO resources.

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    2017 Design Day - Dallas Live Stream
    Texas Regional Office

    Spend the day at this free seminar with United States Patent and Trademark Office Design Examiners, Managers, Design Patent Practitioners and Industrial Designers from across the country. Join us for a lively and thought-provoking discussion about all aspects of design patents, from conception through enforcement.

  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    World IP Day - Houston
    Houston, TX

    World Intellectual Property Day is an initiative of the World Intellectual Property Organization's outreach program to educate communities in different parts of the US regarding the importance of protecting intellectual property and the resources available for its protection.

  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017
    Lone Star Strategies for IP in China
    Dallas, TX

    Come learn from leading experts on Intellectual Property (IP) about the protection and enforcement of your IP in China.

  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    A Celebration of Intellectual Property Driving Business in Arkansas
    Fayetteville, AR

    Join us as we celebrate World IP Day by celebrating business and discovering how innovation drives business in our region.

  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    World IP Day - Austin
    Austin, TX

    World IP Day offers a unique opportunity to join with others around the globe to reflect on the contribution of intellectual property to the innovation that shapes our world and improves our lives.

  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    Meet the Trademark Experts
    Texas Regional Office

    Join us at the USPTO Texas Regional Office where we will be hosting an interactive Q&A session with the Trademark Experts.

  • Thursday, May 4, 2017
    Mandarin Introduction to Intellectual Property
    Houston, TX

    Come learn about patent and trademark processes, international filing and patent prosecution highway, inventor resources. Talk with Mandarin-speaking local attorneys who are experts and participate in one-on-one discussions with the USPTO and Mandarin-speaking local attorneys.

  • Friday, May 5, 2017
    Lone Star Strategies for IP in China
    Houston, TX

    Come learn from leading experts on Intellectual Property (IP) about the protection and enforcement of your IP in China.

For any questions about upcoming events, please send e-mail to texasregionalUSPTOEvents@USPTO.GOV or call (469) 295-9000.

Employment

The goal is to have 100 examiners and 20 administrative patent judges, as well as several support staff, on site in Dallas by the end of the first year of operation.  We will continue to benefit from hiring local talent for both examiners and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) judges within the intellectual property and technical fields.

If you are interested in working for the USPTO please visit www.usajobs.gov.