DENVER - Denver's new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is up and running.
The permanent office opened Monday in the Byron White Federal Building downtown.
It's one of four regional patent offices planned to reduce a backlog and hire patent review experts who aren't willing to move to the main office in Washington, D.C. The new office will now start recruiting more patent examiners.
University of Colorado law school dean Phil Weiser tells The Denver Post that the office's opening will provide more momentum to Colorado's rising profile in the technology and intellectual property fields.
Detroit and now Denver have permanent patent offices. Dallas and Silicon Valley have temporary offices which are expected to move into permanent locations next year.