On December 13, 2023, the USPTO announced the creation of two new regional offices – one in Atlanta and the other in Stafford County, New Hampshire.  The expansion of the USPTO to include regional offices offers a number of benefits to examiners, practitioners, and inventors alike.  Moreover, the selection of Atlanta underscores the city’s significance as the technological hub of the Southeast.  With multiple R1 research universities, patent-intensive industries, and business incubators in Atlanta, the outreach and the support provided by the USPTO’s new regional office is only expected to accelerate the virtuous cycle of innovation occurring in the Southeast.