The USPTO is planning to open a satellite patent office in Detroit. The USPTO has had difficulty retaining enough patent examiners in recent years to wade through the increasingly large backlog of patent applications awaiting examination. One reason for the difficultly in retaining patent talent is the high cost of living in the Alexandria, Virginia area near the USPTO headquarters, as compared to the modest patent examiner salary. In an effort to retain talent, the USPTO will be opening three new satellite patent offices. The patent office has already identified Detroit as one location and the other two locations are up in the air. You can provide input to the PTO as to where the offices should be located. The deadline for public comment on the future PTO office locations is January 30, 2012.
The USPTO requests comments to be in writing and submitted to satelliteoffices@uspto,gov and to provide information that supports the USPTO's purposes of establishing satellite offices to increase outreach activities to better connect patent filers and innovators with the offices, enhance patent examiner retention and improve recruitment of patent examiners.