Congress requires the Office to establish four satellite offices to increase outreach activities to better connect patent filers and innovators with the Office, enhance patent examiner retention, improve recruitment of patent examiners, decrease the number of patent applications waiting for examination, and improve the quality of patent examination.
On July 2, 2012, the Office announced its plan to open regional offices (in addition to the Detroit, Michigan office) in Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; and Silicon Valley, California. In choosing these locations, the Office considered locations that ensure geographic diversity among the offices and provide an availability of scientific and technically knowledgeable personnel in the region. The economic impact to the region and the costs to the Office were also considered. Before the end of the third fiscal year after the enactment of the America Invents Act (September 30, 2014), the Office is required to submit a report to Congress explaining its rationale for choosing the locations, which includes how the selected locations will achieve the purposes of satellite offices, and the progress in establishing all such satellite offices.
In Section 24, Congress explicitly provided for the establishment of a satellite office in Detroit, Michigan.
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On July 2, 2012, the Office announced its plan to open offices in Dallas, Denver, and Silicon Valley. On July 13, 2012, the Elijah J. McCoy Detroit Office became operational. The report must be submitted to Congress by September 30, 2014.