02nd July 2012 (0 Comments)

San Jose wins U.S. patent satellite office

Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal by Diana Samuels, Reporter

Date: Monday, July 2, 2012, 5:52am PDT – Last Modified: Monday, July 2, 2012, 10:00am PDT

Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carol Guardino

Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino said on Sunday that San Jose will be home to a new satellite office of the U.S. patent office.

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Silicon Valley’s inventors soon won’t have to travel across the country to get patents for their creations.

Instead, they’ll be able to get them right in San Jose. The city was chosen from among more than 600 applicants to be the site of a new satellite U.S. patent office, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group    said Sunday.

Bringing a patent office to Silicon Valley has been a top priority of the leadership group for three and a half years, CEO Carl Guardinosaid. U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren and San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed were also big supporters, and Guardino called the group the “three musketeers.”

“We’re celebrating big time,” he said. “We popped champagne today.”

It’s crucial for a patent office to be located here because one of every four patents created in the U.S. comes from California, and half of those are from Silicon Valley, Guardino said.

“What the patent office and the administration here have done finally is to bring patent examiners to their customers, rather than force customers to travel across the country to reach their patent examiners,” Guardino said.

Until now, the country has had only one patent office, located in Alexandria, Va. It is so swamped that it has a backlog of three years.

Last year, Congress passed the America Invents Act, which called for new satellite patent offices to be opened nationwide. The legislation named Detroit as one location, but asked other cities to submit bids.

More than 600 applications were submitted, including dozens from California alone. The San Jose bid may have won the administration over with its strong support from the community: More than 125 members of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group signed it, Guardino said.

“It was an incredibly powerful bid,” he said.

The office will open within the next two years, and will employ 150 to 200 patent examiners, Guardino said.

The other patent offices named Sunday will be in Denver and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, according to The Denver Post.

Diana Samuels covers technology, cleantech, biotech and venture capital. Her phone number is  408.299.1835.

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