The USPTO’s Eastern Regional Outreach Office is based in the Alexandria, Virginia, headquarters of the USPTO. It serves Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.
As with other regional offices, the Eastern Regional features many services that include attending events, consulting on-site patent and trademark experts, viewing Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings, and more.
Eastern Regional Outreach Director Elizabeth Dougherty carries out the strategic direction of Kathi Vidal, the under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the USPTO. Dougherty actively engages with the community and ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the Eastern United States’ unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.
The USPTO recently announced it will establish a new community outreach office in Strafford County, New Hampshire, catering to northern New England, about 500 miles northeast of the Eastern Regional Outreach Office.