Rep. Zoe Lofgren on San Jose's City Hall Wing as the Permanent Location for the Silicon Valley Patent Office
April 15, 2014
SAN JOSE, CA – Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) today issued the following statement today on the San Jose City Council vote unanimously approving the terms and conditions for the federal government to lease 35,149 square feet of space in the City Hall Wing as a permanent location of the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO):
"This is a big win for San Jose and California that will directly benefit our economy. San Jose's selection followed an intense effort by Anna Eshoo, Mike Honda and myself, along with Mayor Reed. The tireless support of community and business leaders in the Valley was key. Enterprising startups and global technology leaders alike will benefit from direct access to this patent office's services in San Jose that currently are only available across the country in Washington. The Silicon Valley patent office will help promising start-ups go from the drawing board to the marketplace faster, and in the process, grow their ventures and create good paying jobs."
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