San Jose made a play for a satellite office with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), submitting a proposal with the help of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Included in the application—but not in the link provided due to file size constraints—are letters from Mayor Chuck Reed and Silicon Valley business execs stating their case to David Kappos, Under Secretary for Intellectual Property with the USPTO.
None of this is too surprising—SVLG’s CEO, Carl Guardino, announced the proposal in an op-ed he wrote this past weekend. What was surprising in the announcement sent out of Mayor Chuck Reed’s office is the location of a satellite office already in line, ahead of San Jose.
“In addition to its Alexandria headquarters and a satellite office planned for Detroit,” the announcement says, “the USPTO intends to establish at least two more satellite offices in the next three years.”
Really? Nothing against the home of the nation’s auto industry—and I’m an admitted Lions fan whose family is from Michigan—but giving an office to Detroit before the supposed capitol of Silicon Valley seems like a stretch. As the press release notes, “Five of the nation’s Top 10 patent-producing cities are located in the Silicon Valley, with San Jose leading the way with 10,000 registered patents in 2009.”
In addition to the city and SVLG, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley/San Jose Chamber of Commerce, San Jose State University, and other local businesses, universities and organizations endorsed San Jose’s proposal.