Denver U.S. Patent and Trade satellite office to open June 30
DENVER — Sen. Michael Bennet, whose office fought to locate a new satellite U.S. Patent and Trade Organization office here, announced Friday that the office will open at the end of next month.
The office, which will be located in the retrofitted Byron G. Rogers federal building downtown, is set to open on June 30.
Bennet, a Democrat, was the sponsor of the 2011 legislation that created three new satellite patent offices around the country; he then led an effort by Colorado businesses to persuade the USPTO to award one of the new offices to Denver.
“The opening of the satellite patent office is the beginning of a great partnership between Colorado and the USPTO,” Bennet said. “It’s a milestone moment that will boost Colorado’s innovation economy and benefit the entire Rocky Mountain region. Our bipartisan effort, across regions, industries, and aisles, to successfully bring a satellite office to our state embodies the best of Colorado.”
The new permanent home in the Rogers Building, already home to multiple federal agencies, offers convenient access to downtown and suburban sites, including through the metro region’s array of public transportation options, according to a USPTO press release.
“From the moment a game-changing technology gets sketched on the back of a cocktail napkin to when a company goes public, the USPTO offers the tools entrepreneurs need to protect their innovations and promote U.S. competitiveness,” aid Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee.
“In addition to creating jobs for intellectual property professionals throughout the region, the permanent Denver satellite office will be an indispensable resource for regional inventors, entrepreneurs and businesses.”
The office will eventually house patent examiners, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) judges, and outreach officials in a 45,000-square-foot space.
There are currently nine PTAB judges working in the temporary location opened in Lakewood, Colorado, in January 2013. In addition to those judges, all of whom will relocate to the new office, the USPTO is currently seeking to hire additional judges and patent examiners for the permanent office, as well as a Deputy Regional Director for Outreach.
All vacancy announcements are posted on www.usajobs.gov.