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PTO changes the way it invests in IT systems

John Owens, the Patent and Trademark Office's CIO, said the agency used to spend 85 percent of its IT budget on operations and maintenance (O&M) support and 15 percent on development, modernization and enhancements (DME) of systems. Now, the agency spends 50 percent on each. That change has allowed it to upgrade IT systems without additional money.

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 09:39am EDT
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Patent offices coming to Silicon Valley, 3 cities

The federal government is opening regional patent offices in Silicon Valley and three other areas as part of efforts to reduce a backlog and hire experts not willing to move to the Washington area.

Monday - 07/02/2012, 01:58pm EDT

PTO manager driving force in federal telework

Danette Campbell, the senior telework advisor for the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, is a finalist for a Service to America Medal.

Monday - 07/02/2012, 01:08pm EDT
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How common are government trademarks?

A group of 14 senators is urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to seek a trademark for the phrase, GI Bill. But just how common are government trademarks? We ask Deborah Cohn, commissioner for trademarks at the Patent and Trademark Office.

Friday - 03/09/2012, 05:01pm EST
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Patent office 'busily implementing' new law

USPTO Director David Kappos, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss how the agency is implementing regulation for the America Invents Act.

Friday - 02/10/2012, 05:23pm EST
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Survey: Telework still elusive at many agencies

Many agencies are not as gung-ho on telework as the Obama Administration or lawmakers would have it, according to a recent Congressional Research Service survey. The Department of Veterans Affairs allows just one-tenth of its employees to telework. At other agencies, most workers who are eligible to telework do not.

Friday - 02/03/2012, 06:50am EST

PTO ends one fast-track approval program, extends another

As it prepares to implement the changes enacted by a sweeping patent reform bill, the Patent and Trademark Office is ending one of the temporary fast-track programs it created to clear out its backlog of patent applications. Another is being extended.

Friday - 12/23/2011, 05:29am EST
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Getting the most out of telework

Experts give tips on how they are making telework work for them.

Sunday - 12/04/2011, 06:11pm EST

OMB wants 'single door' for vendors at each agency

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wants agencies to create vendor management organizations to centralize how contractors work with departments. So far, four agencies are piloting the vendor management organizations. VanRoekel, who also wants agencies to use investment review boards more for strategic goals, said the use of both tools "very much align with our priorities to do more with less."

Monday - 11/07/2011, 05:37am EST
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Managers need to unleash workers for successful telework

While agencies and employees are reaping the benefits of telework, many frontline supervisors remain reluctant. They have to learn to manage the work, not the workers, experts say.

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 05:46am EDT
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Patent reform will also overhaul Patent Office workforce

Robert Stoll, the commissioner for patents at PTO joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to outline the new law and how it affects PTO.

Monday - 09/26/2011, 11:02am EDT
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PTO hiring thousands under new law

The law aims to ensure the Patent and Trademark Office has the money it needs to reduce a large backlog of unreviewed patent applications. PTO plans to hire as many as 2,000 new patent application examiners.

Friday - 09/16/2011, 07:43pm EDT
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Locke infuses new performance culture at Commerce

The outgoing secretary said he has focused on achieving stretch goals and impressing upon employees to look at their jobs differently. Gary Locke initiated changes to how Commerce does budget planning, buys goods and services and serve their customers.

Friday - 06/03/2011, 08:35am EDT
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Feds could be fined for working during a shutdown

With shutdown threats coming and going and coming again, morale is down across the federal landscape. If a shutdown were to happen, furloughed feds couldn't even hide themselves in their work! We get details from Patent & Trademark's CFO, Tony Scardino.

Thursday - 03/03/2011, 10:08am EST
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DoD, PTO discuss plans for potential shutdown

Federal financial managers are coming to terms with financial compliance; limited money for new systems or upgrades; and the continuing need for achieving clean audits, financial transparency, and compliance. How are those financial managers facing these challenges is the subject of the Federal News Radio Discussion: Accounting in Austerity.

Friday - 02/25/2011, 11:08am EST
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USPTO CFO: The job's challenge makes it fun

When the economy is down, the Patent and Trademark Office receives fewer patent applications. Anthony Scardino, CFO of USPTO explains why that makes it hard to predict what managers should commit from the discretionary funds.

Thursday - 02/17/2011, 11:08am EST
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Telework is about to change your agency

The recent passage of the Telework Enhancement Act substantially changes the status of telework throughout government. But how? We get details from Dr. Scott Overmyer, author of a new study.

Monday - 01/24/2011, 10:31am EST
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USPTO launches satellite office

The first ever USPTO satellite office is about to open in Detroit, Michigan. Patent and Trademark Office Director, David Kappos, explains the reasons for the move and about jobs opening up as a result.

Tuesday - 01/11/2011, 09:08am EST
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D.C. telecenters to lose GSA funding

Administrator Martha Johnson said changes in the way people work and the technology they have access to are major reasons why GSA will no longer guarantee a specific number of workers at the area telecenters. GSA remains committed to telework in other ways, including the launch of a new collaboration platform called FedSpace. It also awarded a contract to deploy telepresence at 15 offices around the country.

Thursday - 10/28/2010, 07:09am EDT
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Commerce's Locke promises changes

A new advisory council will provide Commerce and other agencies with ideas for how the government can help push federally-funded technologies into the commercial marketplace. Locke said his agency will do its part by speeding up the patent process to one year and get certain grant funding out in 30 days. Commerce also is working with NIH and NSF on the i6 Challenge where $12 million is available for companies to commercialize technologies.

Wednesday - 09/08/2010, 07:24am EDT
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