Statement of Ro Khanna on Congressional Failure to Open Much Needed Silicon Valley Patent Office

FremontRo Khanna, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and candidate for California’s 17th congressional district, issued the following statement today on Congress' failure to open a new patent office in Silicon Valley:

"The General Services Administration’s decision to indefinitely postpone opening a regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Silicon Valley is a shameful consequence of partisan deadlock in Congress. The outcome will impede further innovation and slow economic growth across the country. Funds for the patent office were cut when the sequester passed, a move that exemplifies just how out of touch Congress is with the needs of Silicon Valley. What's more, the fees collected by the patent office create a system of self-funding that should give it exempt status from the sequester. The implementation of a Silicon Valley branch of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office would speed up the patent process, promoting innovation and creating middle class jobs in the process. Instead of playing a dysfunctional game of partisan politics and voting for sequestration, Congress should be working to support American ingenuity, starting with speeding up the processing of patents and decreasing the patent office’s backlog."

Since announcing his campaign for Congress in early April, Ro Khanna has received key endorsements from Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, local elected leaders including Mayor Orrin Mahoney of Cupertino and Mayor Esteves of Milpitas, and some of the leading job creators and innovation luminaries in Silicon Valley. Ro for Congress is focused on building a technology and grassroots driven 21st century campaign that utilizes and improves upon the best practices deployed by both Obama campaigns. A longtime Bay Area resident, Ro returned to Fremont after a two-year stint serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Obama Administration. In addition to running for Congress in California’s 17th District, he is also currently a Silicon Valley technology lawyer, visiting lecturer in economics at Stanford University and adjunct professor of law at Santa Clara University. Ro’s book on manufacturing, Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future, has won widespread praise for its strategies for keeping the best companies, jobs and opportunities in America.

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