Patent Reform

Michigan Lawyers Weekly - May 22, 2017

5 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2017

Date Written: May 12, 2017


The Patent Trial & Appeal Board is the newest "Rocket Docket" for intellectual property disputes. The Board rivals the District of Delaware and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in patent filings. The board's mandate is only to decide if patents are valid and not whether they have been infringed. It must resolve cases within one year and under extraordinary circumstances 18 months.

The first satelite office of the USPTO is in Detroit, Michigan named after Elijah J. McCoy. He is an African-American inventor with 57 U.S. Patents.

The USPTO in Detroit is located at 300 River Place South, Ste.2900. It serves the Midwest Region that includes Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Wisconsin & Minnesota.

The Detroit Public Libarary is a Patent & Trademark Resource Center and offers beginner orientation sessions on searching patents and trademarks.

The Patent Trial & Appeal Board conducts inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR) of U.S. Patents. The board corrects errors - patents that should not have been issued in the first place.

Keywords: Patents, Trademarks, USPTO-Detroit, Michigan, Inter Partes Review (IPR), Post-Grant Review (PGR)

Suggested Citation

Johnson, James A., Patent Reform (May 12, 2017). Michigan Lawyers Weekly - May 22, 2017, Available at SSRN:

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