USPTO director David Kappos speaking at the University of Washington. Photo: Debbie Woo

First, we lost our bid to win one of the NASA Space Shuttles (though we did pick up the consolation prize delivered this weekend). Now, another federal agency is snubbing Seattle.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today announced three new satellite offices, choosing Dallas, Denver and Silicon Valley. Seattle put on the hard sell earlier this year when David Kappos, director of the patent office, spoke at the University of Washington. At the time, Kappos said that he had received 54 proposals from various cities wanting the new branches.

“I find myself now in the unfortunate position of feeling like I am going to make two friends, and 52 enemies,” Kappos said.

The new offices, in addition to a previously announced satellite in an old Stroh’s brewery in Detroit, marks the first geographic expansion by the patent office in more than 200 years. In a press release today, Kappos called it a historic expansion and one that would add new jobs to the innovation economy.

Added Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank: “The Obama administration is committed to making certain our businesses and entrepreneurs have the resources they need to grow, create jobs and compete globally. These new offices are an historic step toward further advancing our world’s best IP system, and reinforcing the United States as the number one destination for innovation capital, and research and development around the world.”

Full release here.

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  • Taj Seattle

    Are you kidding, really? The patent office picks Dallas and Denver over Seattle. Silicon Valley was an obivous pick because of high tech, so Seattle the #2 tech location in the country these days is not picked?
    Where are Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell when we need them?

  • Josh

    It’s about regional location…the battle was between Seattle OR Silicon Valley, not both!

  • justsayin

    I think geography has as much to do with Denver & Dallas as anything. And it is probably a lot less expensive to find useable space in Denver or Dallas than Seattle.

  • Slipper

    This administration already has the votes of Seattle’s overwhelmingly liberal community. Why overkill when you might need to get some votes in Dallas??

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