USPTO Plans To Expand Operations In Silicon Valley

Law360, New York (November 19, 2013, 5:05 PM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced plans on Tuesday to open a permanent office in Silicon Valley and to hire new Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges along with dozens of new patent examiners to staff the new location — additions the agency hopes will help cut down on its backlog of patent applications.

The USPTO said it would be hiring at least 60 new patent examiners and another nine PTAB judges for its new 40,000-square-foot office, slated to open in San Jose City Hall...
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