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Michelle Lee: New Silicon Valley USPTO Office Seeks to Foster Innovation in West Coast Region

Michelle Lee
Michelle Lee

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has unveiled a new regional office in San Jose, California, in an effort to promote innovation in the West Coast region.

The Silicon Valley-based USPTO facility will help entrepreneurs further develop and commercialize their products, provide customized resources for startups, and offer outreach and education programs to intellectual property practitioners in the West Coast region, the USPTO said Thursday.

“This office will be an embassy of innovation,” said Michelle K. Lee, USPTO director and undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property.

“The regional offices let us hear more directly from innovators, IP practitioners, business leaders, educators, companies, universities and members of the startup community.”

Lee held a tour of the new office with Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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