U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., led the Louisiana delegation members in sending a letter to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), asking the agency to consider opening a USPTO satellite office in New Orleans.
As part of the America Invents Act of 2011, the USPTO is opening three satellite offices, intended to reduce pending patent applications, enhance outreach with the patent applicant community and assist USPTO in recruiting a highly skilled workforce. Last month, the USPTO opened the first satellite office in Detroit, Michigan. It is seeking comments on where to locate the additional two offices.
"As you know, New Orleans and south Louisiana have made significant progress in their recovery from the 2005/2008 hurricanes and the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. Despite these challenges, south Louisiana's economy has largely rebounded and New Orleans is seeing growth in many key areas. In locating a satellite office in New Orleans, USPTO has the unique opportunity to serve as a key driver of this historic economic recovery," the letter states. "A satellite office in New Orleans would be a logical and efficient hub focused on innovation and commerce in the Gulf South region."
Last week, Bloomberg Businessweek published a piece declaring New Orleans "an entrepreneurial hub," referencing "homegrown success stories" of companies that went on to establish national profiles.
Along with Sen. Landrieu, Sen. David Vitter, Reps. Rodney Alexander, Charles Boustany, Jr., Steve Scalise, Bill Cassidy, Jeff Landry and Cedric Richmond signed the letter.