US Patent & Trademark
Denver Office

The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) opened a permanent satellite office in Denver on June 30, 2014. Located in the Byron G. Rogers Building in Denver’s central business district, the new office will help the region’s entrepreneurs advance cutting-edge ideas to the marketplace, grow their businesses, and more efficiently navigate the world’s strongest intellectual property system.

The Denver office allows the USPTO to create new high-skilled jobs, while also working closely with the Rocky Mountain Region’s vast array of innovative industries to expedite the patent examination process, advance cutting-edge ideas to the marketplace, empower entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, and identify their unique needs as they navigate the world’s strongest intellectual property system.

The office will house approximately 100 patent examiners, 21 Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) judges, and outreach officials in a 45,000 square foot space.

Services at the Denver USPTO

Public Searching

The public search room is designed to enable individual researchers to conduct self-directed searches. The Denver office has four public workstations available that have the same access requirements and print capabilities identical to the public workstations in USPTO’s Public Search Facility in Alexanderia, VA.

Interviewing

Video conferencing equipment is available for use for patent application interviews and can be scheduled once an interview has been set up with an applicant’s respective examiner.

Collaborative Spaces

The USPTO partnered with GSA for a Workplace Engagement plan to study how satellite office spaces might be aligned to meet agency goals, and to better provide spaces for enhanced collaboration and public outreach.  As a result, the Denver USPTO office has a number of collaborative spaces within the USPTO space for the public to use. For example, the Collaboration Center is designed to enable Rocky Mountain region educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and the IP community to collaborate while allowing USPTO to provide them with appropriate information and resources. This space may be configured in different ways to conduct conferences equipped with a whiteboard wall, whiteboard easels, and two telephones.The spaces do need to be reserved in advance.

Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB)

Judges for the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) in Denver work in conjunction with judges at the USPTO’s main campus in Alexandria, VA.  Also, the Denver Hearing Room is equipped with enhanced collaboration equipment that provides a new venue to our stakeholders from which to participate in Board proceedings.

Patent and Trademark Research Center (PTRC)

The Denver Public Library is a designated Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). As the only PTRC in Colorado, the Library provides free access to patent and trademark resources in various formats, and reference librarians provide assistance and instruction on how to perform a preliminary patent and trademark search.

Learn more about the Denver PTRC.

What is a Patent?

A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.

Learn about the different types of patents.

What is a Trademark or Service Mark?

A trademark is a brand name.  A trademark or service mark includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the goods/services.

Learn more about trademarks.