North Texas took a giant leap forward for entrepreneurs and inventors Monday as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office made it only a small step for the startup community to access the regional patent office.
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Michelle K. Lee, today officially opened the permanent location for the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office. Located in the Terminal Annex Federal Building in Dallas, the new office will help the Southwest region’s entrepreneurs more efficiently navigate the world’s strongest intellectual property system.
“The opening of the Texas Regional Office will have far-reaching and long-lasting benefits for inventors and entrepreneurs throughout the central southern portion of the United States, and beyond.” said Lee. “This regional office shows that we are committed to ensuring innovators and entrepreneurs have the resources and IP protections they need to compete and grow in today’s global economy.”
The USPTO announced in July 2012-when opening its first regional office in Detroit, Michigan-plans to create three more regional offices across every continental U.S. time zone. The Rocky Mountain Regional Office was opened in Denver in 2014. The Silicon Valley Regional Office was opened last month in San Jose, California. The Texas Regional Office is the last in the series of offices to be opened.
The USPTO also recently announced the launch of a nationwide Partnership with the Startup Community – the USPTO’s Startup Partnership. The USPTO’s Startup Partnership will provide for the development and cultivation of a set of programs and resources tailored to the unique needs of the startup community.
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The Fort Worth entrepreneur and startup community will be welcoming the new office to the area with an event on Tuesday: For more information: