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Old 07-05-2012, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Inman Park
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This seems like a big loss considering GA and specifically Atlanta has a budding technology and bioscience sector, but is it? The winners were San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, and Detroit.

Atlanta loses bid to be a regional patent office; but will keep trying | SaportaReport
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:56 PM
 
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Denver was a no brainer. Atlanta is a business city, not a technical city. Pretty much unanimous.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:04 PM
 
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Bit of an odd choice because Denver and Dallas are fairly close to each other for serving sort of the "middle" of the U.S.

If the offices are regional, Atlanta would have been kind of a natural choice for serving the south. I guess Dallas must count as the south.

But how big of a deal is this, really, if Detroit got selected?
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:12 PM
 
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This part of the article is pertinent:

“The four offices will function as hubs of innovation and creativity, helping protect and foster American innovation in the global marketplace, helping businesses cut through red tape, and creating new economic opportunities in each of the local communities,” the press release from the U.S. Commerce Department stated.

It used to be that we could count on being in the running for any major federal office. I just worry that the ATL has lost the big mo.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:17 PM
 
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This part of the article is pertinent:

“The four offices will function as hubs of innovation and creativity, helping protect and foster American innovation in the global marketplace, helping businesses cut through red tape, and creating new economic opportunities in each of the local communities,” the press release from the U.S. Commerce Department stated.

It used to be that we could count on being in the running for any major federal office. I just worry that the ATL has lost the big mo.
Exactly, with the Invest Atlanta guys connection to the Obama admin, Mayor Reeds connection, and Atlantas growing tech scene.... How is it possible we didn't win this? They essentially picked 3 western cities and gave one to Detriot because the city is falling apart.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:17 PM
 
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Do you think that in its current state Atlanta would have gotten a Federal Reserve?
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:55 PM
 
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Do you think that in its current state Atlanta would have gotten a Federal Reserve?
That's a good question, ATLTJL.

I wonder.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:07 PM
 
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I don't see this as that big of a deal. The USPTO has a huge backlog of patents so they need Patent Examiners and I suppose Patent Attorneys to work through these applications. What is lost is very well paying jobs I guess. But a patent office won't make a place a "hub of creativity and invention". Patent Examiners and Patent Attorneys have probably the most BORING job in the world and they have to be compensated well to keep'em.

You submit your patent application and wait for the results. It ain't a Silicon Valley brain-storming think tank here.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:08 PM
 
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Did y'all read the article fully?


Also from the article:

“It’s important to note that all of this is still dependent on appropriations,” McGowan said. “Seeing that they have yet to choose a Southern city, we are well positioned for future rounds.”


One close observer who did not want to be identified said the selection process was not done by a peer review — leading this official to say “it was a political decision as much as anything else.”
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:09 PM
 
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Do you think that in its current state Atlanta would have gotten a Federal Reserve?
Honestly, in this day and age of instant communications and calculations, we might question the need for so many regional Federal Reserve offices.
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