US Department of Commerce

Politics & Government
6:09 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Nation's first-ever satellite patent office opens in Detroit

Acting US Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank cuts the ribbon at the new Detroit patent office.
US Department of Commerce

Detroit is home to the first-ever U.S. Patent and Trademark office outside Washington, DC—and it opened to much fanfare with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.

Officials from all levels of government touted the opening of Detroit’s Elijah McCoy satellite patent office as a genuinely big deal.

They say it will make it easier for inventors going through the patenting process and help chip away at a persistent backlog.

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