Office marks five years in Detroit, 10,000 patents granted

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says roughly 10,000 patents have been granted in Detroit, home to the first regional office in the system’s 227-year history.

Officials say it’s among the office’s accomplishments as they mark the fifth anniversary of the Detroit-based Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office located at Detroit’s Stroh River Place.

The office serves Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. Patent officials say it was a template for offices in Denver, Dallas, and San Jose, California.

In addition to examining patents, regional offices hold innovation challenges and have helped incorporate science, technology, engineering and math education and intellectual property concepts into schools.

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