Director of the USPTO David Kappos announced plans to open regional USPTO offices in or around Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado, and Silicon Valley, California. These offices are in addition to the already-announced first USPTO satellite office to open on July 13 in Detroit, Michigan. Selection of the four sites was based upon criteria including geographical diversity, regional economic impact, ability to recruit and retain employees, and the ability to engage the intellectual property community.
US Patent Status Helper: A tool for checking the maintenance status of US patents. Enter up to100 patent numbers at a time. The site will generate a list of links to the USPTO “Patent Maintenance Fees” page with the necessary information already filled out. From there, click on the links to open the pages.