When President Obama signed the America Invents Act into law on September 16, 2011, it included a provision for three or more satellite patent offices throughout the United States. The first office will be opened in Detroit during July of 2012. Where will the others be? The Smaller Business Association of New England is hoping one will be here in Boston.
In a December 27th letter the United States Patent and Trademark Office, SBANE's President Bob Baker laid out two compelling reasons.
"Firstly, Massachusetts received $268 million form the Small Business Innovation Research (i.e. SBIR) program in 2009, which was by far the most money per capita than any other state," Baker wrote. "Concurrently, Massachusetts is the leader in per capita patents granted to private companies in 2009 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Offices at 561 per million residents."
When the patent office opens in Detroit, it could bring with it more than 100 jobs. And while Detroit is certainly a hub for the auto industry, Massachusetts is a hub for high technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical research. With the proximity to such highly regarded universities as Harvard, MIT, Tufts and Boston College, to name only a few, the applicant pool for patent examiners would be top notch.
Baker joins Massachusetts Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown in the push for this satellite office. In their joint letter to Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, David Kappos, the Senators wrote "Massachusetts, specifically Boston, is the regional hub of New England. The satellite patent office will easily serve the surrounding New England States. This is an effective use of taxpayers dollars when we are facing trillions of dollars in debt. "
California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Hawaii and Washington are also hoping to be chosen as a location for the remaining satellite offices.
To read Bob Baker's entire letter to the United States Patent and Trademark Office please click here