Senator Ron Wyden has plans to bring a new patent office to Portland. Wyden met with about 35 local business and public officials this past week to plot how Portland can convince the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to locate a new satellite office in Portland.

The America Invents Act, passed into law in September, calls for the U.S. patent office to establish three satellite offices around the country. The USPTO has already decided to put one of the new offices in Detroit. Each office is expected to employ between 200 and 500 people.

However, Portland is not the only western city campaigning for one of the new satellite offices. San Francisco and Denver are apparently currently leading the pack based on their strong tech sectors.

“You strip it all down and someone in the West is going to get one of these offices,” Wyden said. “We need to pull out all the stops.”

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