Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

San Jose City Hall

Utility Patent Examiner positions available in San Jose; apply by June 9! 


*Space still available at Camp Invention in San Jose!

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.
  • Search existing patents and trademarks on designated 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 working at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia and across the country.
  • Deliver technical training from experts in the region to patent examiners working around the country
  • Meet with our strategic Federal partners, like the Small Business Administration and other bureaus at the Department of Commerce, on programs for the small business and entrepreneurial community during scheduled office hours at our San Jose location.
  • 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 as well as Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings.
  • Participate in public tours of the San Jose facility, offered periodically through our events page on this site.

PLEASE NOTE:  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. Using EFS-Web, you can submit documents in PDF format directly to the USPTO within minutes. 

Visiting us

Our office is located in a federal facility, therefore visitors must have a valid form of government-issued identification (Driver's License or passport) to gain access, and are subject to security screening. 

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

Business hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. PT. Closed on federal holidays.

  • On Friday, May 27- The Regional Office will be open with reduced hours (9 a.m. - 3 p.m. PT).
  • On Monday, May 30- The Regional Office will be closed due to federal holiday.

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. 

New! Patent Specialist 1-on-1s now available!

The USPTO is excited to announce the ability for entrepreneurs and independent inventors to schedule a twenty minute 1-on-1 in-person meeting with a USPTO 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 now for appointments through July!

Upcoming events 

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  • June 2, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. PT
    Live Viewing of Webinar - Utility Patent Examiner Positions at Silicon Valley USPTO
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    Join us to learn more about utility patent examiner positions available in our San Jose office.

  • June 3, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. PT
    Silicon Valley USPTO public tour
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    Tour of and information about our office.

  • June 14, 2016
    Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Michelle K. Lee, featured speaker.
    Bloomberg Tech Conference 2016, San Francisco, CA

  • June 14, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. PT
    Trademark Tuesday
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    Trademark Assistance Center provides trademark basics and answers questions via videoconference.

  • June 15, 2016, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. PT
    Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Seminar
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    Experts from the USPTO provide an overview of PCT and include detailed description of the procedural aspects of filing an international application under the PCT, international search and preliminary examination, and national phase entry into the United States.

  • Cancelled - June 16, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. PT 
    Patent Brown Bag “Lunch and Learn”
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    Supervisory patent examiners help inventors and entrepreneurs during live information sessions.

  • June 16, 2016, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. PT
    Access to Relevant Prior Art and Global Dossier Information Sessions
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    The Office of International Patent Cooperation highlights Global Dossier, conducts a focus session on access to prior art and requests comments on the project from the public.

  • June 18, 2016, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. PT
    Saturday Seminar  
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    Experts from the USPTO conduct a workshop for entrepreneurs and independent inventors.

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.


The Silicon Valley regional office has benefited and will continue to benefit from hiring local talent for both examiners and PTAB judges within the intellectual property and technical fields.

If you are interested in working for the USPTO please visit our careers page. To search for open positions, visit and search "USPTO."

Currently there are vacancy openings for Utility Patent Examiners for the San Jose office.  Apply by June 9, 2016 through, search "USPTO" in San Jose.  There is also a vacancy opening for a Regional Outreach Officer in our San Jose office.  Apply by May 31, 2016.

Correspondence Related to Patent Prosecution

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. EFS-Web utilizes standard Web-based screens and prompts to enable you to submit patent application documents in PDF format directly to the USPTO within minutes.  In the event you do not use EFS-Web when filing new patent application(s) and correspondence relating to patent prosecution with the USPTO, these documents must be hand delivered to the USPTO in Alexandria, VA or mailed via the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to the USPTO at the address below to receive the date of deposit with the USPS:

  • Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.

Please note – To receive the benefit of a certificate of mailing or Express Mail, new applications and other patent correspondence sent via the USPS to the USPTO must be addressed to the Alexandria, VA address above.  See 37 C.F.R. §§ 1.8, 1.10.  New applications and other patent correspondence sent via USPS to the USPTO at an address other than the Alexandria, VA address will receive a filing or deposit date that is the actual date of receipt of the correspondence by the USPTO, and not the date the document was deposited with the USPS.  Also, effective November 15, 2011, any regular non-provisional utility application filed by mail or hand-delivery will require payment of an additional fee of $400 ($200 for small entities).  The only way to avoid paying this additional fee is by filing any non-provisional utility application via EFS-Web.  

Please see for more information about EFS-Web.  Full technical support for EFS-Web is available through the Patent Electronic Business Center (EBC) by calling  866-217-9197 from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.