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Las Vegas hoping for patent office selection

Those that deal with patents and patent law are pushing to have Las Vegas, Nevada, be named as a U.S. Patent & Trademark Office branch location.

Three other office sites are planned, with Detroit being named one of the sites last year. A patent office in the Las Vegas area would make sense because of its proximity to the airport, low lease rates, a secure data center and the amount of potential litigation work generated in the area. Las Vegas is sometimes overlooked because people don't realize the amount of patent work the area can generate, but patents and trademarks are on everything from logos to slot machine designs.

Having more than one location outside of the Washington, D.C. area would also give those seeking legal protection of their ideas, more options on where to file and the ability to meet with examiners and engineers.

Those in support of a Las Vegas branch believe that more than 500 jobs could be made available, which would be a big boost for the local economy.

The patent office is currently in the process of gathering proposals. Playing a role in possible selection would be factors such as cost of living in the area, number of attorneys in the field, ability to recruit and retain examiners in the area, and measures such as the number of patents already held by local residents.

The patent office has set a deadline of January 30 for groups and individuals to submit their written proposals as to why their cities should get a branch. A date with the final selections has not yet been disclosed.

Supporters feel that having a patent office in the Las Vegas area would make the most sense because of the volume of entrepreneurial ideas that are generated by the gaming industry.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Las Vegas pushed for new U.S. patent branch office," Tim O'Reiley, Jan. 25, 2012

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