We already know that the US Patent and Trademark Office is taking up both the 14th floor of the San Jose City Hall and the second floor of the wing. However, it looks like they want even more space. The Patent Office has their eye on a 5,500 SQFT retail space on the first floor of the Council Wing. This space has been vacant since 2005.
The Patent Office would use this for public facing activities, which could help bring more activity to the area. It would have made a nice spot for a cafe as well, but I'm not going to complain. We want to advertise as much as possible that we have a satellite US Patent and Trademark Office in San Jose--the only one on the west coast!