San Jose City Hall

The Silicon Valley USPTO is a West Coast regional office, serving California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Alaska, and Hawaii.

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

  • Obtain information about the USPTO and intellectual property through walk-in services.
  • View live Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings at the Silicon Valley Office.  The office has a hearing room to host PTAB as well as Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings. 
  • Search existing patents and trademarks on designated public workstations.
  • Attend workshops, trainings, conferences and roundtables tailored to the needs of the community at all levels.
  • Participate in programs designed to support and foster STEM education with an emphasis on innovative learning.
  • Use interview rooms for applicants to connect with their patent examiners, who may be working at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, and across the country.  Interviews are scheduled through your examiner. 
  • Deliver technical training from experts in the region to patent examiners working around the country.
  • Meet with our strategic Federal partners, such as other bureaus at the Department of Commerce and the Small Business Administration, on programs for the small business and entrepreneurial community during scheduled office hours at our San Jose location.
  • Participate in public tours of the San Jose facility, offered periodically through our events page on this site.

NOTE: The Silicon Valley USPTO is unable to accept patent or trademark applications, correspondence related to prosecution, or fees.  

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. 

Learn about filing trademark applications through the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS).

Utility Patent Specialist 1-on-1 Meetings!

The Silicon Valley USPTO offers the ability for entrepreneurs and independent inventors to schedule a twenty minute 1-on-1 in-person meeting with a USPTO utility patent prosecution specialist to discuss the patent process at our regional office in San Jose City Hall.  The meetings will provide individuals with an opportunity to seek assistance with their inventions and the patent process, and serve as a complement to our ongoing educational programming.  Register here for appointments in September and October.

Upcoming Events

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  • September 20, 2017 10 AM - 1 PM PT
    2017 Business Methods Partnership Meeting - Webcast
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    Join us for a collaborative forum to share ideas, experiences, and insights with managers from the Business Methods examination area.

  • September 21, 2017, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM PT
    We're Hiring! Silicon Valley USPTO Patent Examiner Info Session and Open House
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    Join us for an information session and open house for Utility Patent Examiner Positions.

  • September 21, 2017, 12 PM - 1 PM PT
    Design Patent Brown Bag "Lunch and Learn"
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    Supervisory patent examiner helps inventors and entrepreneurs during live information session.

  • September 26, 2017, 12 PM - 2 PM PT
    Hands-on Patent Search Workshop
    Silicon Valley USPTO

    Supervisory patent examiner will provide hands-on training on patent searching and using USPTO search tools.

  • September 27, 2017, 6 PM - 7:30 PM PT
    IP and App Development: A K-12 Resource Program
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    Resource event for K-12 students on intellectual property and coding for app development.

  • September 27, 2017, 10 AM - 11:30 AM PT
    Protecting Your Trade Secrets
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    USPTO Attorney Adviser Jenny Blank provides an overview of trade secrets and the laws that govern them, focusing on needs and concerns of businesses.

  • September 28, 2017, 12 PM - 1 PM PT
    Patent Application Filing Basics
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    Supervisory Patent Examiner presents the basics of filing a patent application.

  • October 4, 2017, 6 PM - 8 PM PT
    Licensing vs. New Venture
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    LES Series that explores the anatomy of a start-up and covers several decades of famous inventors through the inventive process.

  • October 6, 2017, 12 PM - 1 PM PT
    Silicon Valley USPTO Public Tour
    Silicon Valley USPTO

    Participants will tour office and learn about USPTO services and resources available to the public.

  • October 10, 2017,  12 PM - 1PM PT
    Trademark Tuesday
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    Interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center.

  • October 19, 2017, 12 PM - 1 PM PT
    Patent Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    Supervisory patent examiner helps inventors and entrepreneurs during live information session.

  • October 24, 2017, 12 PM - 1PM PT
    Hands-on Patent Search Workshop
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    Supervisory patent examiner will provide hands-on training on patent searching and using USPTO search tools.

  • October 26, 2017, 12 PM - 1 PM PT
    Patent Application Filing Basics
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    Supervisory Patent Examiner presents the basics of filing a patent application.

The Silicon Valley, known as one of the most prodigious and innovative entrepreneurial communities in the country, was selected as our West Coast presence to assist the USPTO in fostering and protecting innovation.  Looking for information focused on startups? Visit our Startup Resources page.

Public Searching

Public searching on Universal Public Workstations is available from 9 AM - 4:45 PM PT, 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 Silicon Valley USPTO has six 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 and other intellectual property resources.  The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library is a PTRC and is located a block away from the Silicon Valley USPTO at 150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112.

Visiting Us

The Silicon Valley USPTO is a federal facility.  Visitors must have a valid form of government-issued identification (driver license or passport) to gain access and may be subject to security screening.  

Silicon Valley USPTO
26 S. Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM PT.  Closed on federal holidays.

Phone: 408-918-9900

There is metered street parking on S. Fourth Street and surrounding streets, as well as public parking garages, including the Fourth Street Garage (which is not available to motorcycles).  The USPTO does not provide parking validation.