Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom statement on California being chosen for a new patent office


California is a worldwide leader of innovation, creativity, venture capital and research and development.

One important bureaucratic hurdle that has hindered California’s strong and vibrant entrepreneurial spirit was the backlog in patents.

Today, through a bipartisan effort, we have succeeded in making it easier and less expensive for the state's inventors to go through the patent application process with the announcement that Silicon Valley has been selected one of four new satellite patent offices.

California received 30,080 patents in 2010, representing 25% percent of all patents granted in the United States. Since 1974, almost 500,00 patents have been generated from California.

The arrival of this office will address the current backlog and exceeding-long approval process. It will have an immediate impact on the state economy as venture capital follows approved patents and results in jobs.

For months, the Lieutenant Governor's Office has worked with elected officials in Sacramento and Washington, DC as well as leaders of business and education making the case that California is equipped with the necessary foundation for a patent office. Today the Obama Administration recognized that California is one of the national leaders and home to the best intellectual property legal professionals and several top-notch university law schools that can provide a constant pipeline of talent to staff the office.

We look forward to working with Silicon Valley leaders and the USPTO to realize the establishment of this important job-creating office.