On November 29, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a “Request for Comments on Additional USPTO Satellite Patent Offices for the Nationwide Workforce Program.” The full text of the USPTO’s Request can be found here.
In Response to the USPTO Request, the Colorado Bar Association Intellectual Property Section worked closely with the offices of Denver Mayor Hancock, Governor Hickenlooper, Senator Bennet, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and Accelerated Colorado (“the Coalition for a Colorado Satellite Patent Office”) to prepare and submitted Colorado’s proposal to the USPTO on January 27, 2012. Additional letters of support and the signed Joint Resolution 12-008, Concerning the State of Colorado’s support for locating a patent office in the Denver metro area, adopted by the Colorado Assembly during the 2012 legislative session were submitted to the USPTO on January 30, 2012. The IP Section would like thank everybody who submitted comments on and letters in support of a Colorado Satellite Patent Office.
Senator Bennet’s Office is currently running an online petition in support of a Colorado Satellite Patent Office. To date, Senator Bennet’s office has already received 2300 electronic signatures on the petition. The IP Section encourages you to view the petition and electronically sign on if you support it.
Please let the IP Section Leadership know if you have any questions or comments. Otherwise, the Leadership will continue to keep you updated on this Initiative.