Innovation is thriving in Maine, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Department of Commerce, and the administration are working hard to further foster that environment, Under Secretary of Commerce and USPTO Director David Kappos  told the Regional Chamber of Commerce of Penobscot Bay, Maine, on Tuesday.
From 2009 to 2010, the number of patent filings in the Portland, Maine, region nearly doubled, Kappos said. “We’re doing a lot to ensure that creative ideas and groundbreaking innovations, born right here in Maine, can flourish, and that the American innovation system is one that’s built to last.”
Barriers to innovation are being reduced, Kappos said, in part through the Startup America  initiative, which includes investment funds, mentoring networks for entrepreneurs, tax breaks for small businesses, and the Department of Commerce’s i6 Green Challenge . That program rewards communities that develop and embrace cutting-edge ideas in green technology development and implementation.
Kappos also highlighted promoting insourcing of U.S. jobs through robust protections of our intellectual property abroad.