Yesterday, Colorado senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet slipped in an amendment to S.23, authorizing the USPTO to create "three or more" regional satellite patent offices across the country in the next three years. The Senate passed the amendment on a voice vote. As a side note (and by sheer coincidence), the PTO passed over Denver and selected Detroit for its first satellite office back in December.
See Denver Business Journal: "U.S. Senate OKs amendment to add patent offices" (link).
Debate on patent reform continues today in the Senate, and a vote is expected shortly after. Between February 28 and March 2, twenty-nine amendments have been proposed for the legislation, with more likely to follow. To view the amendments to date, see here (link) and here (link).
Stay tuned . . .