Menlo Park, CA to be temporary home of Silicon Valley’s branch patent office

Silicon Valley to get temporary branch patent office in Menlo Park

By George Avalos
Oakland Tribune

Posted:   03/06/2013 11:52:55 AM PST
Updated:   03/06/2013 06:10:10 PM PST

SAN JOSE — The federal government will open a temporary branch patent office in Silicon Valley in May, acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank announced Wednesday at the CEO Summit in San Jose sponsored by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

The temporary office will be located in Menlo Park, Michelle Lee, director of the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office told this newspaper. Lee and some administrative law judges will work at the office, which Lee said will be located be at the U.S. Geological Survey offices on Middlefield Road.

Lee said the host city for the permanent office hasn’t been picked yet, but that it will not be Menlo Park.

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said his city’s downtown fits the primary criteria for the regional Patent Office. Plenty of interest has emerged from building owners to locate the office to the downtown, he said in an interview with this newspaper.

The criteria for the regional patent office is contained in an executive order issued by President Obama related to the sites for regional offices. “It has to be in a downtown area with excellent access to public transportation,” Reed said.

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