The Denver Post-The Denver metro area is among three places that will get a new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; a $440 million economic generator that promises hundreds of new high-paying jobs, according to documents obtained by The Denver Post on Saturday.
The announcement, expected Monday by the U.S. Department of Commerce, comes after six years of aggressive lobbying from a cabal of business leaders, lawyers and politicians, including former Gov. Bill Owens, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Michael Bennet.
The other two metro areas chosen are Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and San Jose, Calif...
...Holli Riebel, president of the Colorado BioScience Association, worked the state's budding network of biologists and scientists; people who often apply for patents; to sign a letter of support.
"Many times, things go to the coasts and they don't go to the middle of the country," she said at the time. "I think there's a huge market that could be drawn from the middle. It's an easy place for everyone to get to, and we do have an international airport."