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Conyers Praises Plans for Detroit U.S. Patent and Trademark Satellite Office


Location: Detroit, MI

Today, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) praised the Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announcement that the very first PTO satellite office will open in Detroit this summer. The Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO-Detroit Office) will be located on 300 River Drive and the USPTO estimates that this satellite office will create more than 100 high technology jobs. The USPTO is aiming to open the office by July 2012.

"This announcement is a boon to the economy of Detroit and Southeast Michigan," said Conyers. "Not only will the office, to be located at 300 River Drive, offer more than 100 high technology jobs, but opening the satellite office here should facilitate patent filings by thousands of Detroit area businesses. It will also establish Southeast Michigan as being at the very vanguard of technology innovation.

"USPTO Director Kappos has made an excellent choice in opening the office in the Detroit business district, and I look forward to working with the USPTO and the Commerce Department in making sure the office opening is as successful and expeditious as possible. The announcement sends a strong signal to businesses, innovators and educators all over the nation and the world that Detroit is a top notch technology destination."

Provision for the Detroit Michigan Office was specifically included in the "America Invents Act," patent reform legislation signed into law on September 16, 2011 that Rep. Conyers, as the current Ranking Member and former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, had worked on for over seven years. The USPTO expects to post vacancy announcements for patent examiner positions this spring. Prospective employees should email for more information.

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