Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, January 13, 2012

Satellite patent office in Detroit will be good for Michigan

The opening of a satellite office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the city of Detroit is good news for the region and especially for university researchers, says Stephen Forrest, vice president for research.

The Patent and Trademark Office said this week it would open the agency's first satellite office no later than July.

"This is great news for the Great Lakes region, the state of Michigan and the University of Michigan," Forrest said.

"The location of this first-ever satellite patent office in Detroit is a recognition of the exceptionally high number of inventors who live and work in Michigan. The Detroit office will draw on that wealth of local talent to allow for inventors to protect their discoveries and more quickly bring them to the marketplace."

The U.S. General Services Administration's Great Lakes Region has signed a five-year lease for a 31,000-square-foot suite at 300 River Place Drive. It is a building on the National Historic Registry that was the former home to Parke-Davis Laboratories as well as the headquarters for Stroh's Brewery. The Detroit office is expected to create more than 100 jobs in its first year of operation.

U-M recently was named as one of the top 14 universities worldwide for patent success. The university is awarded an average of 80 patents per year.

The university has a rich tradition of invention and innovation and has long played a leading role in converting ideas into new products to help expand the economy and create jobs. The university's major initiatives can be found on the Innovate! website.