Wednesday March 6, 2013 0 comments
LAKEWOOD - The first three administrative patent judges assigned to the new U.S. Patent and Trademark office in Colorado are now working out of temporary office space in Lakewood, according to an announcement from Colorado Senator Michael Bennet.
"This is a milestone moment for everyone in the state who fought to bring a satellite patent office to Colorado," Bennet said. "It's the beginning of more jobs and increased economic development for the state.
"These judges will provide easier access for applicants and inventors in our region while helping Colorado's innovative and entrepreneurial companies maintain our state's reputation as a hotbed for cutting-edge industries."
The new patent office will eventually be located in the Byron G. Rogers Federal building in Denver.
"Our new Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges are eager to get to work," said Teresa Stanek Rea, acting Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and acting USPTO director. "They will be instrumental in administering the new in-house review process for challenging granted patents, which will ultimately reduce the costs associated with patent litigation."
John Posthumus, an IP attorney with Sheridan Ross PC who played a key role in securing the Colorado patent office, said the opening of the temporary office was exciting.
"It's exciting and rewarding to know that after years of a very thorough and collaborative effort by our public and private leaders across Colorado, we are officially starting the process that we know will put our entire Rocky Mountain region at the forefront of innovation and opportunity for decades to come," Posthumus said.