Newsom Praises California Congressional Delegation for Steadfast Commitment to Bringing Patent and Trademark Office to California


11-03-2011

Lt. Governor joins with Congressional leaders to bring USPTO Satellite Office to California

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom today praised California's Congressional Delegation for their strong bipartisan support to bring a branch of the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to California. Forty-eight members from California's Congressional Delegation signed on to a letter sent to USPTO Director David Kappos, making the case for the State as the right place for innovation, new growth and job creation. In September, Lt. Governor Newsom also sent a letter to USPTO urging their strong consideration of this request.

"I'm proud of the leadership and bipartisan efforts that our Congressional Delegation has taken to bring a patent and trademark office to California," said. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. "Our state's economy is built on a foundation of top universities and a strong and vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and a local patent and trademark office will bring great benefit to California businesses, while providing abundant support to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office."

The letter in part states, "We are writing today as a bi-partisan group of Members from California to urge that you consider our state as the next home for a satellite patent and trademark office... Bringing a satellite office to California close to our multitude of innovations and inventors is good for business and will further California's worldwide reputation as a hub of technological innovation."

In July, the Lt. Governor unveiled an aggressive agenda for California's economic growth and competitiveness, which recommends that we aggressively pursue a branch of the USPTO in California, as one of three new satellites authorized by the Federal Government.

California is home to the top innovation centers in the nation -- San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego regions are the state's top generators of patent applications (per 1,000 employees) and high-tech employment. Federal laboratories like Lawrence Livermore and Sandia/California represent enormous intellectual assets, as does the University of California system, which holds one of the largest patent portfolios in the world.

Read a copy of the letter here.

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