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Members-Only Technical Tour

The Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Tour

Friday, June 2, 2017
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Arrival and Check-in
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Tour
300 River Place South #2900, Detroit, MI 48207

The Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Detroit opened in July of 2012 – the first ever USPTO satellite office outside of Washington, DC. The USPTO office is a one-stop shop for innovators in the region.  It offers free resources and intellectual property (IP) assistant to local inventors, entrepreneurs and start-ups.

The IP experts in the Detroit office work closely with entrepreneurs to help reduce the backlog of patent applications and appeals. Reducing the backlog of patents and simultaneously speeding up the process allow businesses to move their innovation to market more quickly, saving critical time and resources.

The Detroit office occupies 31,000 square feet at 300 River Place Drive. The building, situated on the banks of the Detroit River, is listed on the National Historic Registry and was the former home to Parke-Davis Laboratories as well as the Stroh's Brewery Headquarters.

Join us on June 2 as Dr. Sheppard leads our tour as we learn about Intellectual Property and the USPTO.  Attendees will learn about the trademark registration process and be able to ask questions on patent process and resource navigation. Dr. Sheppard will also shed light on the unique architectural aspects of the building and area. The tour will go to the Riverwalk.   

This session is for aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, students and anyone looking for information on intellectual property concepts.

Cost:  $25 for ESD Members; non-members can join ESD for $99 and attend the tour free. (This offer is for new, first-time members only.)

Tour Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours in advance in order to 
receive a refund. 

To Register: Register online by using the link to the left, or call 248-353-0735, ext. 222 to register by phone.

Visitor and Parking Information:
Free parking is available at 600 River Place, adjacent to the 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.

The USPTO is a federal facility and visitors are required to show a valid form of government issued ID (driver's license or passport) to gain access, and may be subject to security screening.


Dr. Christal Sheppard Bio

Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office
Dr. Christal Sheppard joined the USPTO in 2015 as Director of the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit.  Prior to joining the USPTO she was an assistant professor of law at the University of Nebraska, where she co-founded a program of Concentrated Study in Intellectual Property law at the Law College.  Dr. Sheppard has a M.S. and Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Cornell University Law School. She has over two decades of Science and Intellectual Property Law and Policy experience including as a practicing attorney at Foley & Lardner and the United States International Trade Commission and internships with Judge Rader at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Executive Office of the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 2005, Dr. Sheppard completed Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government's Executive Education for Senior Managers in Government program, and in 2014, she completed George Mason University's Law and Economics Institute program.

Her successful career in intellectual property law and policy includes her tenure as Chief Counsel on Patents and Trademarks for the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary where she was integral in many endeavors including the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the most comprehensive change to this nation's intellectual property laws in over 60 years.





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