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Detroit To Get New Patent Office

January 19 2012 | no comments

Detroit will be home to a new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

It will be located at 300 River Place Drive in Detroit, at the former headquarters for Stroh’s Brewery and Parke-Davis Laboratories.

The Detroit office is expected to create more than 100 well-paying jobs.  See below for more information on those jobs.

There is a huge backlog of patents in this country, possibly more than 700,000.  The wait for a new patent can be 4 to 5 years or more, and the cost can be tens of thousands of dollars. The new satellite office should help alleviate the backlog.

Detroit 2020 talked with Dr. Martin Bluth, MD, PhD of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Department of Pathology. He’s also the founder of Genome Dynamics International, LLC, and has five patents pending in biomedicine, including a new blood test to diagnose an overactive bladder.

“I think in terms of getting technology out there faster, I hope the US PTO dropping anchor in Detroit will be the start of heralding a collective buy-in to make the process easier, simpler and more effective so that more people like myself can get technology out there and improve the world,” Bluth said.

An overactive bladder affects 15 to 40% of the population at a cost of $26 billion a year.  Bluth says the diagnostic would serve as a gatekeeper or screen to primary health care providers for diagnosis before the patient undergoes additional invasive costly tests or procedures.

The office will be named after Elijah McCoy, a Michigan inventor who secured more than 50 patents in his lifetime.

“Making it easier for entrepreneurs to get a patent means they can start turning their innovative ideas into job-creating business more quickly. A new Detroit patent office will be a tremendous help for Michigan innovators,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office expects to post vacancy announcements for patent examiner positions this spring.

Prospective employees should email  for more information.

Click here for a link to Dr. Bluth’s company, Genome Dynamics International.

Click here for a link to the Wayne State University Tech Town website.




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