The New York Daily News has reported that Cornell University will soon have the country’s first patent office on a college campus.
In late 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that Cornell had won a citywide competition to construct an applied science graduate school aka “genius school” on free city land. The campus will be built on Roosevelt Island in conjunction with Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, which is where the patent office will eventually be situated once the campus construction is completed.
The school will be located on the site of Goldwater Hospital, set to close in 2014, and is expected to open by 2017.
Until then, the school is operating out of Google’s Manhattan office, and that is also where the patent office, which will be open to students, faculty, and the public, will function beginning this fall.
“A high-tech school with a direct link to the patent office is unique in this country, and is a sign that New York will be the next center of technological innovation,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) told The New York Daily News. “New York City will have the only college in the nation where you can begin patenting your latest invention between grabbing a sandwich at the dining hall and picking up your laundry, all without leaving campus.”