Office to aid entrepreneurs, innovators coming to Atlanta – The Champion Newspaper | 404-373-7779

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Innovators in the Southeast United States—including DeKalb County–will have new resources available to them according to an announcement from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), stating that it will open a new regional office in the Atlanta area.

“The new regional office and community outreach office will serve as an extension of the agency’s outreach operations. The offices will function as important resource centers to better serve local inventors and entrepreneurs, including those from underrepresented backgrounds,” a news release states.

Officials from USPTO said the Atlanta-area office is expected to be operational by December 2025 but did not announce a location for the office. However, the news release stated that the office would serve innovators throughout the southeast United States.

The news release states that the regional office will also:

  • Better connect patent filers and innovators with the USPTO, including by increasing outreach activities to individual innovators, small businesses, veterans, low-income populations, students, rural populations, and any geographic group of innovators that are underrepresented in patent filings.
  • Enhance patent examiner and administrative judge retention, including patent examiners and administrative patent judges from economically, geographically, and demographically diverse backgrounds.
  • Improve recruitment of patent examiners.
  • Decrease the number of patent applications waiting for examination.
  • Improve the quality of patent examination.

“For years, I have reminded the world that Atlanta is not just a hub for culture and creativity, but also for technology and innovation,” said Congressman Hank Johnson, the representative for Georgia’s 4th Congressional District. “I’m so grateful that PTO Director Vidal agrees. The Unleashing American Innovators Act was designed to increase participation in the patent system by women, people of color, military veterans, individual inventors, and other groups that are underrepresented in the system, and I cannot imagine a better place to start than Atlanta.”

Johnson is also a ranking member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.

Atlanta’s growing and diverse economy—and the federal and private resources available for startups and innovators—made it a top location for the USPTO Southeast Regional Office, according to the news release.

Atlanta’s five tier-one research universities, including Emory University in DeKalb, and the proximity of the Atlanta Veterans Administration research hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also played a role in the decision to the bring the regional office to Atlanta.

The creation of the new offices is part of the Unleashing American Innovators Act of 2022 (UAIA), which was signed into law in December 2022.

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