By Wendy Marsh
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced plans to open the first USPTO satellite office in Detroit in 2011. The office is expected to be the first of several USPTO satellite offices to eventually open in various geographically and economically diverse locations across the country.
The USPTO currently has a backlog of more than 700,000 patent applications, and USPTO Director David Kappos hopes and expects the opening of this and other satellite offices will lower this substantial backlog. Regarding this backlog, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke noted it, "delays the commercialization of American innovation and the creation of new jobs and economic growth."
Detroit's USPTO satellite office is expected to create 100 new and well-paying jobs for the Detroit region. The new office will also provide greater access to the USPTO to patent and trademark applicants.
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