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 USPTO.  The office has a hearing room to host PTAB as well as Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings.  Please visit the PTAB Hearing Schedule to view information about upcoming hearings.
  • 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 and Design 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 or design 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 May, June and July.

Upcoming Events

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  • May 23, 2017, 11 AM - 1 PM PT
    Palo Alto Business Summit
    Palo Alto City Hall, City Council Chambers
    Representatives from the Department of Commerce, SBA, Export-Import Bank, and USPTO will discuss federal programs and services aimed to advance business in the global marketplace.

  • May 23, 2017, 12 PM - 1 PM PT
    Design Patent Brown Bag "Lunch and Learn"
    Silicon Valley USPTO

    A supervisory patent examiner will give an overview of the design patent system and answer general design patent questions

  • May 23, 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.

  • June 2, 2017, 12 PM - 1 PM PT
    Silicon Valley USPTO Public Tour
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    Tour of the Silicon Valley USPTO and its available resources to entrepreneurs and innovators.

  • June 3, 2017, 10 AM - 12 PM PT
    How to Protect Your Invention
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    Join the and The California Invention Center for Part 2 of the series: Navigating Through the Invention Process: From Idea to Product to Market.

  • June 8, 2017, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM PT
    International and Domestic Trademark Practice Before the USPTO
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    Come learn from the USPTO during a full-day of programs on international and domestic Trademark practices before the USPTO. 

  • June 13, 2017, 12 PM - 1 PM PT
    Trademark Tuesday
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    Trademark Assistance Center provides trademark basics and answers questions via videoconference.

  • June 15, 2017, 12 PM - 1 PM PT
    Patent Brown Bag "Lunch and Learn"
    Silicon Valley USPTO
    Supervisory patent examiners help inventors and entrepreneurs during live information sessions.

  • June 20, 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.

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.
The office will be closed, Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.

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.