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 TXROevents@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

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 8:00 AM, CT - Thursday, January 11, 2018, 5:00 PM CT                                       Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP)                                                            USPTO Texas Regional Office                                                                                                                               Training on patent examination practice and procedure in a workshop setting. This three-day course is geared towards attorneys and agents.  

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018; 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CT
    Meet the Trademark Experts
    USPTO Texas Regional Office
    A trademark attorney from the USPTO Main Office will present materials on navigating the USPTO Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) and the Identification of Goods and Services Manual. 

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018; 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM CT                                                                                 Technology Center 2600 Customer Partnership Meeting Webcast                                                                   USPTO Texas Regional Office                                                                                                                               Webcast viewing session of the TC 2600 Partnership Meeting held in Alexandria, VA. Share your ideas and experiences with attendees and management from TC 2600.       

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018; 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CT
    Meet the Patent Experts--Class 2
    USPTO Texas Regional Office
    The USPTO Texas Regional Office will host an interactive Q&A session with a patent expert who will provide a presentation on provisional patent applications. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during and after the presentation. This is part 2 of the 4-class curriculum on patents. 

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018; 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM CT                                                                                       State Bar of Texas Pro Bono Tour--El Paso                                                                                                          El Paso Community College                                                                                                                               This seminar is focused on understanding the patent and trademark process and is directed towards entrepreneurs who are considering developing a new invention, starting a new business, or improve existing businesses.

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT                                                                                            Bill J. Priest Small Business Innovation Center Program                                                                                  Bill J. Priest Co-Innovation Center                                                                                                                      Evening presentation targeting small and medium sized businesses, on the topics of the USPTO, the Texas Regional Office, the importance of intellectual property protection, and the resources available to aid small and medium sized business.                  

  • Thursday, February 1, 9:00 AM CT - Saturday, February 3, 2018, 12:30 PM CT                                                 11th Annual Texas STEM Conference                                                                                                                  Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center                                                                                                     Largest conference of STEM educators in the state of Texas. Held at Moody Gardens in Galveston.

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018; 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CT                                                                                     Meet the Trademark Experts
    USPTO Texas Regional Office
    A trademark attorney from the USPTO Main Office will present materials on navigating the USPTO Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) and the Identification of Goods and Services Manual. 

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 12:00 PM CT - Friday, February 9, 2018, 3:30 PM CT                                         State Bar of Texas Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course 2018                                                        Westin Houston Memorial City                                                                                                                           Three-day comprehensive, in-depth course all aspects of intellectual property law for experienced practitioners. 

  • Saturday, February 10, 2018; 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CT                                                                                           International Trademark Association Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition--Southwest Regional Oral Arguments                                                                                                                                                            USPTO Texas Regional Office                                                                                                                         Awards and Reception held in afternoon for the Southwest Regional Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition 

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018; 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CT                                                                                   Meet the Patent Experts--Class 3
    USPTO Texas Regional Office
    The USPTO Texas Regional Office will host an interactive Q&A session with a patent expert who will provide a presentation on non-provisional patent applications. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during and after the presentation. This is part 3 of the 4-class curriculum on patents.

  • Friday, February 16, 2018, 8:00 AM CT - Sunday, February 18, 2018, 3:00 PM CT                                             Patriot Boot Camp                                                                                                                                                Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp                                                                                                     Over 50 military veteran and spouse entrepreneurs from around the country will participate in educational workshops, mentoring sessions with startup experts, and peer networking over three days in San Antonio. 

  • Friday, February 23, 2018, 5:00 PM CT - Sunday, February 25, 2018, 8:00 PM CT                                             Startup Weekend Tuscaloosa for Entrepreneurs                                                                                    University of Alabama                                                                                                                                     Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Participants create working startups during the event culminating in a presentation and demo.

  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018; 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CT                                                                                        Meet the Trademark Experts                                                                                                                       USPTO Texas Regional Office                                                                                                                         A trademark attorney from the USPTO Main Office will present materials on navigating the USPTO Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) and the Identification of Goods and Services Manual. 

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018; 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CT                                                                                         Meet the Patent Experts--Class 4
    USPTO Texas Regional Office
    The USPTO Texas Regional Office will host an interactive Q&A session with a patent expert who will provide a presentation on claim drafting within patent applications. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during and after the presentation. This is part 4 of the 4-class curriculum on patents.

For any questions about upcoming events, please send e-mail to TXROevents@uspto.gov or call (469) 295-9000.

Employment

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

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.