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USPTO's Detroit Regional Office Scheduled to Open
July 03, 2012

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is set to mark a milestone in its history next week, with the opening of its first regional office. On July 13, 2012, the “Elijah J. McCoy U. S. Patent and Trademark Office” officially opens its doors in Detroit, Michigan, and welcomes its first 25 patent examiners and four Administrative Panel Judges. Seventy-five additional examiners are expected to be added over the coming year.

By establishing an office outside of metropolitan Washington, D.C., the USPTO is enabling itself to draw from a more regionally diverse, talent-rich pool of qualified applicants for positions as patent examiners. In the long run, this will result in greater examiner retention, an increase in the quality of the patents issued by the USPTO and, importantly, a reduction in the patent examination backlog.

 The new office in Detroit, located about 40 miles from our firm’s Ann Arbor office, will be a facility that offers more than just a location for examiners to perform their search and examination functions. This office will provide a location for conducting interviews with examiners, not only with resident examiners, but also with examiners located in other locations via high-speed video feeds, as well as a convenient location where patent appeals and reviews can be lodged and heard.

In addition to the Detroit regional office, the USPTO announced yesterday that three additional regional offices are being planned for Denver, Dallas and Silicon Valley.

If you have any questions about the new office, please contact your attorney at Brinks Gilson & Lione, or one of our Patent Prosecution attorneys.

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