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­U.S. Sets 21st-Century Goal: Building a Better Patent Office

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David Kappos of the Patent Office, with an Edison bulb.

ary F. Calvert for The New York Times

President Obama, who emphasizes American innovation, says modernizing the federal Patent and Trademark Office is crucial to "winning the future." So at a time when a quarter of patent applications come from California, and many of those from Silicon Valley, the patent office is opening its first satellite office—in Detroit.

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