Detroit patent office location announced, set for July opening

Attention, Michigan patent attorneys: Put the Detroit address of 300 River Place Drive into your database immediately.

That’s where the Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office will be located, the USPTO announced Wednesday.

Scheduled for a July 2012 opening, the 31,000-square-foot office — the USPTO’s first-ever satellite branch — will be housed in the former home to Parke-Davis Laboratories and the Stroh’s Brewery Headquarters, just east of downtown Detroit. More than 100 jobs are expected to be created for the office’s first year.

Bob Stoll, the USPTO’s commissioner for patents, mentioned in a conference last year that the distribution of work at the satellite offices would be based on expertise in specific areas, such as mechanical engineering and materials science, to tie in with Michigan’s automotive and life science industries.

The office is the result of last year’s Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which calls for the USPTO to launch at least two other satellite examination offices besides Detroit within three years.

The USPTO has called for public comments regarding these additional satellite offices. They can be submitted by Jan. 30 at satelliteoffices@uspto.gov.

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Name that …. patent office?

Buried on page 140 of the 152-page America Invents Act is the revival of the first satellite office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, to be located in Detroit.

As a sign of the federal government’s commitment to finally breaking ground on it, the AIA even gave it a name — the Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office.

We reported in January that the USPTO was to start hiring examiners in August of this year to start  to work in the office, which was supposed to open sometime this year. But by April, plans for the Detroit location were put on hold indefinitely.

In September, the plan was back on, with the enactment of the AIA.

There’s no word yet on where the office will be, it’s expected to be open in the spring of next year. And with more than 100 workers needed to staff it, it’s the one facet of the AIA that’s certain to produce jobs.