Silicon Valley patent office to open in San Jose

Nov 19, 2013 by Martha Mendoza

The U.S. Commerce Department has announced plans to open a long-awaited patent office in California's Silicon Valley.

Commerce officials said on Tuesday the office will be located in San Jose City Hall and bring more than 80 jobs to Silicon Valley within its first year of operations.

Silicon Valley firms seek more U.S. patents than any other region in the world, and San Jose is the nation's top -producing city, with more than 7,000 patents last year. But until now, patent seekers needed to visit offices in Alexandria, Va.

The Silicon Valley office was postponed by federal budget cuts known as sequestration, a move technology leaders in the region objected to on the grounds that patent offices are supported by the $2.8 billion in annual patent fees collected from inventors, entrepreneurs and companies.

Explore further: Silicon Valley patent office shelved

5 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Silicon Valley patent office shelved

Sep 01, 2013

Silicon Valley's high tech firms are fighting what they consider a deeply personal federal cut this summer that shelves a planned patent office in this innovation-fueled region.

Retailers take on Silicon Valley

Nov 15, 2013

(AP)—Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the center of it all.

Recommended for you

Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

5 hours ago

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley, whose marketing skills helped bring the personal computer to desktops worldwide, says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped ...

Airbnb rental site raises $450 mn

18 hours ago

Online lodging listings website Airbnb inked a $450 million funding deal with investors led by TPG, a source close to the matter said Friday.

US venture investments highest since 2001 (Update)

Apr 18, 2014

Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.

User comments : 0

More news stories

Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley, whose marketing skills helped bring the personal computer to desktops worldwide, says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped ...

Airbnb rental site raises $450 mn

Online lodging listings website Airbnb inked a $450 million funding deal with investors led by TPG, a source close to the matter said Friday.

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

People with accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the ...

A homemade solar lamp for developing countries

(Phys.org) —The solar lamp developed by the start-up LEDsafari is a more effective, safer, and less expensive form of illumination than the traditional oil lamp currently used by more than one billion people ...

NASA's space station Robonaut finally getting legs

Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs. For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot—now stuck ...

Filipino tests negative for Middle East virus

A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Philippine health officials said Saturday.

Egypt archaeologists find ancient writer's tomb

Egypt's minister of antiquities says a team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered two tombs in the southern part of the country, one of them belonging to a writer and containing a trove of artifacts including reed pens ...