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Letter to David Kappos, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Mail Stop Congressional Relations

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As the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) considers sites for a new satellite office, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-OH), U.S. Reps. Steve Stivers (OH-15), and Pat Tiberi (OH-12) urged the Obama administration to place the PTO office in Columbus.

"Ohio offers the advantages of a large state -- world class universities, brilliant labor pool, and innovators -- coupled with Midwestern value and work ethic," the letter to United States Patent and Trademark Office Director David Kappos said. "We urge you to strongly consider the Columbus Region for U.S. Patent and Trademark Office."

The PTO has outlined criteria for an ideal office site, including: world-renowned universities; a highly-skilled workforce; numerous patent filers; reasonable cost of living; and a culture of innovation.

The letter noted the benefits of locating in Columbus including: Ohio's legacy of innovation; world-class research institutions such as the Ohio State University and Battelle Memorial Institute; a workforce where forty-percent of the population holds an advanced degree and over 140,000 individuals are enrolled as college students; and proximity to innovative global companies such as Procter & Gamble, Goodyear, Honda of America, and First Solar as more than fulfilling the criteria for an ideal PTO site.

January 26, 2012

The Honorable David Kappos

Director

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Mail Stop Congressional Relations

P.O. Box 1450

Alexandria, VA 22313-1450

Dear Mr. Kappos:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) will soon select a new satellite office for its operations. We strongly urge you to consider locating one of those offices in Ohio. The PTO is looking for a location with: world-renowned universities; a highly-skilled workforce; numerous patent filers; reasonable cost of living; and a culture of innovation. Ohio can deliver on each of these criteria and is a natural fit for the expanded PTO operations. Furthermore, Ohio's world-class transit infrastructure ensures that Americans can access Columbus with ease.

As the birthplace of the Wright Brothers and Thomas Edison, Ohio has a long and storied history of innovation. Global companies such as Procter & Gamble, Goodyear, Honda of America, and First Solar today call Ohio home and have long invested in commercializing new technology in the state. Ohio also boasts an impressive lineup of world-class research institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, The Ohio State University, the Directorate of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Case Western Reserve University, NASA Glenn Research Center, and Battelle Memorial Institute.

The Columbus Region is an ideal location for a satellite PTO office. Columbus is home to a wide-array of high-level research projects and is home to a workforce where forty-percent of the population holds an advanced degree and over 140,000 individuals are enrolled as college students.

Ohio offers the advantages of a large state -- world class universities, brilliant labor pool, and innovators -- coupled with Midwestern value and work ethic. We support the enclosed proposal, and urge you to strongly consider the Columbus Region for U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Sincerely,

________________________ ________________________

Sherrod Brown Rob Portman

United States Senate United States Senate

________________________ ________________________

Steve Stivers Patrick J. Tiberi

Member of Congress Member of Congress


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