Patent office opens at San Jose City Hall

San Jose, California DATE: October 15, 2015 -- Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Silicon Valley, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office West Coast region, serving California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii.
San Jose, California DATE: October 15, 2015 -- Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Silicon Valley, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office West Coast region, serving California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii.

SAN JOSE (BCN) — A new regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office opened Thursday in San Jose, city officials said.

More than 100 people will be working at the office, which is expected to bring the city $22 million in revenue over 20 years from the lease of the space in City Hall, according to city officials.

The office is located on the first and second floors of the wing at City Hall at 200 E. Santa Clara St., city officials said.

The opening culminates an effort in San Jose that began Sept. 16, 2011, when President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invests Act into law, city and federal officials said.

“This is a win for Silicon Valley’s leading technology companies and early-stage entrepreneurs, who generate more patents than any other region in the country,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said.

“The USPTO is also a win for downtown San Jose, now the center of technology, hosting communities, industries and innovators from around the region.”

Federal officials at the event said they hope the office will speed up the examination of patents, bring innovative ideas to market, help entrepreneurs grow their businesses and identify the needs of entrepreneurs.

San Jose became the third city to get a regional office since the Leahy-Smith America Invests Act became law, federal officials said. Detroit was the first and Denver the second, according to federal officials. Next month each time zone in the continental U.S. will have an office when one opens in Dallas.

Entrepreneurs cannot file patent applications or apply for trademark registration at the office, federal officials said. Nor will the office accept patent, trademark or copyright applications and/or registrations, according to federal officials.

The office does allow people to search for existing patents and trademarks, attend trainings and conferences and join programs that support science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, federal officials said.

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