On July 2, 2012, the PTO announced plans to open regional PTO offices in Denver, Colorado, Dallas, Texas, and San Jose, California. These three offices, along with the regional office that just opened this past week in Detroit, Michigan, will be used to work with entrepreneurs to process patent applications, reduce the backlog of unexamined patents and appeals of examiner rejections, and speed up the overall patent application process. The PTO plans to establish a timeline for opening the newly announced offices in the coming months. The PTO is also currently working on establishing a model for how the regional offices will be set-up and operate in conjunction with the main office in Alexandria, Virginia. This model will likely evolve based on lessons learned from the new Detroit office. We note that the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA) spearheaded an effort to bring one of the regional offices to the New England region. While we are disappointed that the exceptional bid prepared by the BPLA was unsuccessful, the new offices will certainly help our clients even if they do not have offices in Detroit, Denver, Dallas, or San Jose as these regional offices continue to support the PTO’s efforts to expedite patent prosecution. Stay tuned to future updates from Nutter about the set-up and operation of the regional offices.
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