On July 13, 2012, the first satellite USPTO office was opened in Detroit, Michigan. Named the Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office, this branch represents the first of four satellite offices to be created by the America Invents Act. In addition to hopefully reducing the current backlog in the USPTO, the new office also brings 120 highly skilled jobs to the Detroit area.
“Patents are the fuel for American innovation,” said Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank. “By opening the doors to America’s first-ever satellite patent office in Detroit, we are going to put more patents in the hands of entrepreneurs throughout this region and across the country. The McCoy office will make America’s patent system stronger, empowering America’s innovators to attract capital, put their business plans into action, and create more good jobs for the middle class.”
More information on the Elijah J. McCoy branch can be found here.