The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that it will finally open its Detroit satellite office. The office will house about 100 patent examiners in the former Parke-Davis Lab. (Perhaps more interestingly, the building was formerly the headquarters of Stroh’s Brewery.) Plans for a Detroit satellite office were announced in December 2010 but put on hold because of budget constraints.
The Patent Office has plans for at least two more satellite offices. But where?
Public comments on the location of the next two satellite offices can be made by end of this month to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales has announce via Twitter that the web site will be shut down for 24 hours this Wednesday in protest of proposed legislation known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
In his “tweet”, Wales wrote:
“Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday! #sopa”
On Wednesday, instead of being able to access Wikipedia, users will see instructions on how to reach members of Congress to protest the proposed legislation.
As currently written, the SOPA bill would allow copyright holders to seek court orders against websites that facilitate copyright infringement.
Opponents of the bill claim that SOPA chills free speech.