Dallas Morning News Guest Column: David McCombs - An inventive state like Texas deserves its own patent office


The ribbon for the Detroit satellite office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office already has been cut. Other states, including California, New Mexico, Hawaii and Colorado, are lining up to host one of three additional satellite offices that will employ about 100 patent examiners.

Texas should not get shut out from this opportunity.

For more than five years, Texas inventors have ranked second behind Californians in the number of patents granted. In 2010, 7,545 patents were awarded to Texans — from our businesses and corporations to our university professors, start-ups and garage tinkerers.

For inventors here and their counterparts across the country, the path to protect discoveries is backlogged. Many now wait more than three years for a patent examination by the patent office, delaying their ability to raise capital, promote the invention and introduce a new product to market.

Excerpt from The Dallas Morning News, Nov. 20, 2011. To view the full article, click here (subscription required).

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