The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office plans to open regional offices in or around Dallas, Denver and Silicon Valley, Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and Director David Kappos said.
These office are in addition to the already-announced USPTO satellite office in Detroit, scheduled to open July 13.
The four offices will function as hubs of innovation and creativity, helping protect and foster American innovation in the global marketplace, helping businesses cut through red tape, and creating new economic opportunities in each of the local communities, the agency said.
“Intellectual property protection and innovation are engines of economic growth and the bedrock of America’s private sector,” Blank said. “The Obama administration is committed to making certain our businesses and entrepreneurs have the resources they need to grow, create jobs and compete globally. These new offices are an historic step toward further advancing our world’s best IP system, and reinforcing the United States as the number one destination for innovation capital, and research and development around the world.”