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turbotong
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New US Patent & Trademark Offices

Postby turbotong » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:42 pm

http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2012/12-40.jsp
Opening up in Silicon Valley, Denver, and Dallas (in addition to Detroit).
Horray for IP firms!

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Re: New US Patent & Trademark Offices

Postby Greenandgold » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:51 pm

turbotong wrote:http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2012/12-40.jsp
Opening up in Silicon Valley, Denver, and Dallas (in addition to Detroit).
Horray for IP firms!


Yea, I saw that. Anyone have any guesses as to how this will affect IP work in these cities? Huge growth? No change whatsoever?

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Re: New US Patent & Trademark Offices

Postby turbotong » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:05 pm

My guess is that:
1) they will need examiners at those offices when get get built in a few years from now
2) pat pros firms in those cities will have a great marketing tool - "we're only 30 min away from the patent office, and have great communication relationships with them" - even if they still only interview over the phone. Still, this will probably attract some work away from other places farther away
3) pat lit = ?

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Re: New US Patent & Trademark Offices

Postby Julio_El_Chavo » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:50 pm

everyone is switching to e-filing anyway. this shouldn't really affect much of anything, except, of course, that the offices need to hire staff

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Re: New US Patent & Trademark Offices

Postby fatduck » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:55 pm

Greenandgold wrote:
turbotong wrote:http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2012/12-40.jsp
Opening up in Silicon Valley, Denver, and Dallas (in addition to Detroit).
Horray for IP firms!


Yea, I saw that. Anyone have any guesses as to how this will affect IP work in these cities? Huge growth? No change whatsoever?

if you do pros in one of those cities it'll be easier to do in-person interviews, which is cool. not gonna affect the amount of work or anything, but a lot of people prefer in-person interviews to phone calls, so it will be a bonus to working there i guess.

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Re: New US Patent & Trademark Offices

Postby Julio_El_Chavo » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:58 pm

fatduck wrote:
Greenandgold wrote:
turbotong wrote:http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2012/12-40.jsp
Opening up in Silicon Valley, Denver, and Dallas (in addition to Detroit).
Horray for IP firms!


Yea, I saw that. Anyone have any guesses as to how this will affect IP work in these cities? Huge growth? No change whatsoever?

if you do pros in one of those cities it'll be easier to do in-person interviews, which is cool. not gonna affect the amount of work or anything, but a lot of people prefer in-person interviews to phone calls, so it will be a bonus to working there i guess.


This assumes that the examiner assigned to your case will be in the office where you want to interview him/her.

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Re: New US Patent & Trademark Offices

Postby fatduck » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:02 pm

Julio_El_Chavo wrote:
fatduck wrote:
Greenandgold wrote:
turbotong wrote:http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2012/12-40.jsp
Opening up in Silicon Valley, Denver, and Dallas (in addition to Detroit).
Horray for IP firms!


Yea, I saw that. Anyone have any guesses as to how this will affect IP work in these cities? Huge growth? No change whatsoever?

if you do pros in one of those cities it'll be easier to do in-person interviews, which is cool. not gonna affect the amount of work or anything, but a lot of people prefer in-person interviews to phone calls, so it will be a bonus to working there i guess.


This assumes that the examiner assigned to your case will be in the office where you want to interview him/her.

good point. i wonder if they'll be moving particular art units to the new offices or what?

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Re: New US Patent & Trademark Offices

Postby roofles » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:49 pm

fatduck wrote:good point. i wonder if they'll be moving particular art units to the new offices or what?


Considering that the PTO has been pushing "Hoteling" for examiners for years, I'm guessing it wouldn't make much of a difference at which office they designate the art units. Anyone know if they were able to get an exemption to the reporting requirement? If so, remote offices are almost pointless since all but the newest examiners will be working from home.

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Re: New US Patent & Trademark Offices

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:55 pm

roofles wrote:
fatduck wrote:good point. i wonder if they'll be moving particular art units to the new offices or what?


Considering that the PTO has been pushing "Hoteling" for examiners for years, I'm guessing it wouldn't make much of a difference at which office they designate the art units. Anyone know if they were able to get an exemption to the reporting requirement? If so, remote offices are almost pointless since all but the newest examiners will be working from home.


Yes there's an exemption to the reporting requirement. It's currently a pilot for less than 1000 examiners, but is almost sure to expand to include all hoteling examiners.

That said, a startling amount of examiners choose not to hotel. Many would prefer an actual office, and, if they happen to be hoteling in the expansion areas (MANY are), they'd opt to work from those offices.




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