Silicon Valley, which generates roughly 10 percent of the nation’s patents, celebrated the opening of its own U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Business leaders and public officials met Thursday for a ribbon cutting, speeches and tours of the facility, located in a 35,000-square-foot wing of San Jose’s City Hall.
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“Today’s formal opening is a huge step forward for innovators throughout the region,” USPTO Director Michelle Lee, a Silicon Valley native, announced. “This office will be a one-stop shop of resources for those who need it at every step of the business lifecycle.”
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The San Jose office—eight years and $5 million in the works—is one of only three satellite patent sites in the whole country, aside from the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, and the first in the agency’s 225-year history.
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“It’s a historic day for Silicon Valley,” 18th District Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) said during her speech. “I can’t help but think that the original innovators and inventors, our founding fathers, would shout out in unison and say, ‘Bravo.’”
Rep. Anna Eshoo, whose 19th District encompasses Silicon Valley, said this new office will drive innovation and economic success. It will employ 120 employees, including 80 patent examiners to process the 1,000-plus patents produced by the region each month and 20 patent judges.
— Rep. Zoe Lofgren (@RepZoeLofgren) October 15, 2015
The new regional office, Eshoo said, will help the USPTO reduce its backlog of 500,000 patent applications.