The US Patent Office announced on Monday that it will open four new satellite branch offices early 2013 in Detroit, Dallas, Denver and Silicon Valley.

The US Patent Office announced Monday that it will open four new satellite branch offices early 2013 in Detroit, Dallas, Denver and Silicon Valley .

Those wishing to register new patents will no longer have to trek to Washington, where there are currently over 640,000 patent applications awaiting first review. The new offices, each in a seperate time zone, will enable the Patent Office to hire more staff to deal with that backlog.

By locating offices at known centers of R&D, the Patent Office wants to also help spur the innovation economy nation-wide by speeding up the application process.

“The single most important step we can take to support an economy built to last is to bring new inventions to market as quickly as possible,” said David Kappos, director of the Patent and Trademark Office.

It is expected that each new office will form the basis of a hub including local inventors, investors, entrepreneurs and law firms.

Mr Kappos explained that after comprehensive lobbying by various cities, Detroit was chosen as a location because of it's automotive innovation, Dallas for its energy technology development, the Silicon Valley for its ongoing development of computer science, and Denver for both its status as an aerospace center and because a high proportion of highly educated veterans live there, and the Obama administration has a policy to hire more veterans.