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Regional Patent Office – Silicon Valley

When the customer cannot come to you, smart businesses go to the customer.

Or at least that is what the innovative leader of the United States Patent Office – former IBM executive David Kappos – believes.

For more than 200 years, those seeking patents had to travel all the way to Alexandria, Virginia should they want to meet directly with a patent officer.  The typical patent filed today takes on average three years to process – three years – and there is little to no guarantee that the officer handling your patent has any expertise in the tech innovations driving Silicon Valley’s economy.

This might soon change. The recent patent reform bill calls for three new regional patent offices to be established throughout the United States.

For the past three years, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group has made a mission of ensuring that one of those new regional patent offices resides here in Silicon Valley.

In partnership with Congressmembers Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo, with strong leadership from San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, this partnership has been expanded to include our allies at the San José and Santa Clara Chambers of Commerce, Joint Venture, Bay-Bio and the Bay Area Council).

This effort is more than parochialism – it is practical.

Consider that more than one-fourth of the patents filed annually in the U.S. are from California.

Consider that more than one-half of those patents are from Silicon Valley. Consider that Silicon Valley is the epicenter not only for high-tech innovation, but also a major center for bio-tech, clean tech and green tech.

Customer service – it’s a way of life in Silicon Valley.  It is a breath of fresh air from Washington, D.C. .

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