Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, July 16, 2012

First-ever satellite patent office opens

U-M President Mary Sue Coleman joined several top federal officials Friday to open the first satellite office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Detroit. U-M officials say the PTO satellite will be good for the region and university researchers because it recognizes the high number of inventors in Michigan, and it will help them protect their discoveries and bring them to the marketplace. Shown at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the office are, from left: Rep. John Dingell, R-Dearborn; President Coleman; Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan; Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank, former dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)