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Old 04-07-2011, 08:35 AM
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I would say that the Valley deserves it far more than anywhere else.

[LEFT]About 25 percent of all patents granted to American inventors originate in California; 12 percent come from Silicon Valley. This has been the case for more than 30 years.

In business, smart organizations get ahead by being close to their customers. This makes sense in government, too, and that's why we were so encouraged when Commerce Secretary Gary Locke set out to make the Patent Office more geographically diverse. When he announced it would open the first-ever satellite office this year, we had high hopes.

Well, that first office is going to be in Detroit. Huh?

Of course, we're happy for Detroit, and there is a lot of good science coming out of the Motor City, no question. But Silicon Valley patent volume dwarfs anything happening in Michigan.

Read more: Why Silicon Valley needs a patent office

Here's a chart from 2005:

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Old 04-07-2011, 06:48 PM
Location: San Diego, CA
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It's nice to see San Diego on that list.
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