Colorado Hoping to Land Next U.S. Patent and Trademark Satellite Office

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor Colorado state representatives and business leaders are optimistic of the state’s chances of becoming home to a satellite patent office, The Denver Post reports. In 2011, the U.S. Congress approved, under the America Invents Act, the opening of three satellite offices outside of Washington, D.C. by 2014. Colorado missed out [...]

Colorado state representatives and business leaders are optimistic of the state’s chances of becoming home to a satellite patent office, The Denver Post reports. In 2011, the U.S. Congress approved, under the America Invents Act, the opening of three satellite offices outside of Washington, D.C. by 2014.

Colorado missed out on the first office, which was awarded to Detroit over a year ago. The second office is expected to be located somewhere on the West Coast, and Colorado is running against Texas, Florida, California, Washington, Missouri and Oregon for the third office.

A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office could have a hefty economic impact of around $440 million annually and create as many as 1,000 new jobs. Accelerate Colorado, a partnership between business and local governments in the state, has teamed up with Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) to spearhead the state’s effort of getting the next office.

In a letter sent to Commerce Secretary John Bryson, the Colorado coalition highlighted why Colorado is the ideal location for the next satellite patent office: “With over 5,000 manufacturers currently employing nearly 130,000 workers, Colorado continues to expand its leadership in this key area of innovation for the U.S. economy. The USPTO satellite office will not only complement these efforts, but in Colorado, it would also drive additional technological development and innovation.”

The state is also hoping the recently announced direct flight from Denver to Tokyo will have a significant impact on the ultimate decision. The flights will begin operating next spring, and Bryan Blakely, president of Accelerate Colorado, is confident the direct flight will make the state even more appealing as a lot of patents are filed by companies in Asia.

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