The Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit serves the Midwest region including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The office provides free outreach services for inventors, entrepreneurs, startups, researchers and others to:
- The Midwest Regional Office hosts a variety of events that are free and open to the public. Please check our events page.
- View live Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings at the Midwest Regional Office. The office has a hearing room to host PTAB proceedings. For information on live hearings, please check our events page.
- Search existing patents and trademarks on designated workstations.
- Use collaborative spaces enabling region educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and IP community to collaborate while allowing USPTO to provide them with information and resources.
- Attend workshops, trainings, conferences and roundtables designed for various experience levels.
- Obtain information about the USPTO through walk-in services.
- Take scheduled public tours. Please call us for tour schedule.
- Use interview rooms for applicants to connect with working at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia and across the country. Schedule with your examiner.
PLEASE NOTE: All new patent applications or correspondence related to patent prosecution may be submitted using EFS-Web, the USPTO's Web-based patent application and document submission system. Using EFS-Web, you can submit documents in PDF format directly to the USPTO within minutes.
Free parking is available at 600 River Place, adjacent to our building. Guests must state they are visiting USPTO.
Paid parking is across the street, payment is required just after parking ($4). Validate self-parking in the lobby with security, the parking attendant will provide a refund upon exit. Valet parking is not refundable. The parking fee refund is provided by building management. The USPTO is not responsible for parking fee refunds or any parking-related issues.
Visitors must have a valid form of government-issued identification to gain access. Proceed to the building security desk; security guards will contact the USPTO. Go to the 2nd floor to Suite 2900. Ring the doorbell for admittance.
Public searching on universal public workstations is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday - Friday, except federal holidays. Consider making a reservation before visiting. Universal Public Workstations provide access to the agency’s public electronic patent and trademark collections. We have public workstations with the same access requirements and print capabilities as public workstations in the Public Search Facility at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
Customers who have limited experience in patent or trademark searching are strongly encouraged to first contact or pay a visit to the Detroit Public Library. The library is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) that offers beginner orientation on searching for patents and trademarks and is located four miles from our office.
Michigan Radio host Cynthia Canty interviewed Midwest Regional Director Dr. Christal Sheppard. Please click here to listen to this candid interview about innovation and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Correspondence Related to Patent Prosecution
All new patent applications or correspondence related to patent prosecution may be submitted using EFS-Web, the USPTO’s Web-based patent application and document submission system. EFS-Web utilizes standard Web-based screens and prompts to enable you to submit patent application documents in PDF format directly to the USPTO within minutes. In the event you do not use EFS-Web when filing new patent application(s) and correspondence relating to patent prosecution with the USPTO, these documents must be hand delivered to the USPTO in Alexandria, VA or mailed via the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to the USPTO at the address below to receive the date of deposit with the USPS:
Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
Please note – To receive the benefit of a certificate of mailing or Express Mail, new applications and other patent correspondence sent via the USPS to the USPTO must be addressed to the Alexandria, VA address above. See 37 C.F.R. §§ 1.8, 1.10. New applications and other patent correspondence sent via USPS to the USPTO at an address other than the Alexandria, VA address will receive a filing or deposit date that is the actual date of receipt of the correspondence by the USPTO, and not the date the document was deposited with the USPS. Also, effective November 15, 2011, any regular non-provisional utility application filed by mail or hand-delivery will require payment of an additional fee of $400 ($200 for small entities). The only way to avoid paying this additional fee is by filing any non-provisional utility application via EFS-Web.
Please see http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/file/efs/index.jsp for more information about EFS-Web. Full technical support for EFS-Web is available through the Patent Electronic Business Center (EBC) by calling 866-217-9197 from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.