Patent Office to Open Satellite Patent Office
In an effort to combat the growing backlog of hundreds of thousands of pending patent applications, the Patent Office is planning to open a Satellite Patent Office in or around Detroit, Michigan. The plan includes hiring 100 patent examiners, as well as additional support staff. The Satellite Patent Office is scheduled to open sometime in 2011, and will be the first regional Satellite Patent Office in U.S. history.
The opening of the Satellite Patent Office in the Detroit area was formally announced last month. Detroit was chosen for the location at least partially due to the large volume of patent-related activity that originates there, as well the large number of patent professionals that reside in Detroit. Michigan, and Detroit in particular, is home to some the nation’s innovative leaders in automotive technology, battery-related technology and agriculture, including from the University of Michigan.
The Patent Office hopes to accelerate the amount of time currently needed for patents to issue from around three years to one, particularly for technologies from the Detroit area.
In the next year or so, the Patent Office hopes to open additional Satellite Patent Offices around the country. Hopefully, this effort will reduce the current backlog at the Patent Office. Check back with the Ostrolenk Faber web site for updates on this important story.