2012 : Elijah J. McCoy Regional Patent Office Opens in Detroit, First Satellite Office Outside of Washington, D.C.

July 13, 2018 all-day

On July 13, 2012 the Elijah J. McCoy Regional Patent Office in Detroit, the first satellite patent office outside Washington, D.C., was opened, honoring an early African American inventor from Michigan.

Elijah J. McCoy, raised in Ypsilanti, patented the first automatic lubricator for locomotives and other machinery in 1872. His device was so effective “the real McCoy” became synonymous with anything genuine or authentic.

For the full article, see “Detroit Patent and Trademark office opens”, Detroit News, July 14, 2012.

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