August 24, 2006

According to a recent Rocky Mountain News article, the USTPO is considering opening regional patent office in Denver, Colorado. Recognizing a number of benefits to Denver, including intellectual capital and quality of life, a regional office may become a reality in the near future given the USPTO’s goal of hiring 1,000 examiners each year (as part of the 2003 Business Plan but revised in the 21st Century Strategic Plan). Jon Dudas, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, commented on the salaries paid to examiners with engineering degrees (in the six-figure range), but noted that the decision to open a regional patent office in Denver “is probably not going to happen for a while.” Specific details have not been publicly announced about the potential new office, but it is known that the Governor of Colorado, Bill Owens, specifically “pitched” the idea to a number of officials from the USPTO a few months ago.

Rocky Mountain News Article: LINK
Website for Gov. Bill Owens: LINK
USPTO Careers Website: LINK
USPTO 21st Century Strategic Plan Webpage: LINK

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