Patent system gets streamlined makeover

Margaret Focarino, Commissioner for Patents, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was in a state of crisis in 2009. There was a huge backlog of pending patent applications and it was growing. The process for reviewing patents had not changed in decades and was out-of-date. Employee job satisfaction was low and the longstanding distrust between management and the patent examiners union was ever-present.

 

 

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Patent office expansion would create a jobs windfall for Denver

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A patent office expansion to Denver might serve as a magnet for companies looking to be near the new offices.

The U.S. patent office plans its first expansion beyond the nation’s capital and they have Denver, Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas envisioning the next Research Triangle and an accompanying jobs windfall.

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U.S. Patent Office to Create National Workforce, Hiring Patent Examiners in Denver

U.S. Patent Office to Create National Workforce, Hiring Patent Examiners in Denver

1,200 newly hired patent examiners attend the new USPTO Patent Training
Academy, a university-style approach to teaching USPTO’s new examiners.

USPTO Reps will be on hand on Monday at the Colorado Inventor Showcase to recruit new patent examiners for positions that allow people to live anywhere in the country, including Colorado, after a training period in DC

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