There has been some exciting new developments in regards to the US Patent Office in Silicon Valley.  As of July, the permanent placement of the office was put on hold due to budget constraints.  However as of yesterday, November 19, 2013, the US Patent Office in Silicon Valley has a new home.  That new home will be in the San Jose City Hall building located at 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA.This is a fantastic opportunity for individual inventors and entreprenuers to learn about the  United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) services, meet and speak to patent examiners, as well as helping inventors/entreprenuers navigate through the waters of Intellectual Property.  The facility will not only have patent examiners, but will also have a training facility for examiners, and public hearing rooms for Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings.  For more information on the PTAB, click here.  It will be run under the direction of Michelle Lee, a former IP lawyer at Google Inc., who bulit Google’s patent legal team from scratch. She states that “it will be a local point of access to the innovation community in this region.”U.S Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker states ” A permanent USPTO Office on the West Coast in Silicon Valley will help grow the regional innovation ecosystem by empowering entrepreneurs to more readily navigate the nation’s intellectual property system”  This is going to be a fantastic resource for the inventors and entrepreneurs of California and anyone on the West Coast.  For more information on this development, please check out the USPTO News section here.Innovate Product Design is located in San Francisco, CA about an hour North from the Silicon Valley. We are in the city of innovation and our mission is to help individuals design, develop and protect their new inventions and/or ideas. For more information, please contact us at or you can call us at 415-970-5276.

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