February 3, 2012 |
Colorado Innovation, Colorado Jobs
Colorado is a hub for economic innovation. We have some of the most savvy entrepreneurs, a highly skilled workforce and an array of top-tier research institutions that help make Colorado a place where innovation thrives. And our unparalleled quality of life, anchored by our incredible natural beauty, continues to make our great state a place where people want to live, work and raise a family.
Taken together, these things make Colorado a perfect location for a new satellite patent office. The effort to make that a reality just took a big step forward, when a coalition of Coloradans, including my senior advisor for business affairs, hand delivered a comprehensive report to the U.S. Patent Office that makes the case for why Colorado should be home to a new satellite office.
Our innovation-based industries rely on the speedy approval of new patents for job creation and growth. And our state is home to a large number of technology professionals who would be excellent candidates for long-term patent examiner jobs.
Why else is this important to Colorado? Because, if we are selected, it would mean directly hundreds of new jobs for Coloradans and even more indirectly. It would bring an estimated overall economic impact of nearly $440 million over the first five years alone. In fact, the economic benefits are so significant that we’ve been able to get a broad coalition of business leaders and elected officials – from both parties – behind this important push.
This effort has been coming for some time. We provided a boost when I was able to secure a provision in the America Invents Act, cosponsored by Senator Mark Udall, calling for the creation of new satellite patent office. The delivery of this report, which includes a letter of support from the entire Colorado Congressional delegation, represents the latest step in this statewide effort. With your help and support, we can bring a new satellite patent office to Colorado that will further our position as a place where innovation and job creation can thrive.
Please sign my petition calling for the United States Patent and Trade Office to select Colorado as the home of its next satellite office.