San Jose—the most populous city in Northern California and the bureaucratic hub of Silicon Valley—has offered up office space in City Hall for the new “satellite office” of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). On Tuesday, the USPTO announced that it would accept the city’s offer of two years of free rent as the “permanent location” for the Silicon Valley patent office. That choice makes sense as the city has been the site of famous patent cases (see: Apple v. Samsung) in recent years. Plus, more patents originate from San Jose than anywhere else in America.

As the USPTO said in a press release:     

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