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7:26 am, July 29, 2014

USPTO News

PTO commissioner illegally intervened in hiring

An executive in the Patent and Trademark Office was found to have violated several federal laws when she used her position to get a relative's boyfriend a job in her agency. The inspector general of the Commerce Department investigated the matter after getting a tip from a whistleblower.

Monday - 07/14/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Hail to the You-Know-Who Persons!!!

What happens when a tiny federal agency tells a man worth billions of dollars that his business is racist and offensive? It boils down to what's in a name, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

Todd Dickinson, American Intellectual Property Law Association

The Patent and Trademark Office has been going without a confirmed director for a year and a half. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah.) has urged President Obama to nominate somebody already. He thinks the vacancy "hampers the agency's ability to influence policy and make long term-plans." Todd Dickinson is a former PTO director, now executive director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what's going on at the agency.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:45am EDT
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Vacancy at patent office 'untenable,' senator says

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the ranking member of the Finance Committee, is calling on President Barack Obama to nominate a permanent director for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The top spot at the patent agency has remained vacant since former director David Kappos departed the agency in February 2013. In a letter to President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Hatch said the vacancy "hampers the agency's ability to influence policy and make long-term plans."

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 01:44pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: GSA takes 18F on a magical mystery tour

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.

Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:27pm EDT

Edward Elliott, Attorney Adviser, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The Patent and Trademark Office is making an annual program out of a successful one-year initiative. It wants to find and reward inventors whose products and services benefit humanity. Competitors in the "patents for humanity" program can win several prizes, including a fast track for their patent application. The 2013 awards recognized 10 recipients in five different categories. The agency is now accepting applications for this year. Edward Elliott, an attorney adviser at USPTO, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the program.

Monday - 04/21/2014, 09:59am EDT
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Engagement & leadership development across the federal workforce

Fred Steckler, the CAO at the US. Patent and Trademark Office, discusses his agency's number one ranking in the latest Best Places to Work in Government survey, and Deloitte's David Dye and Katherine Ryan talk about employee management and how to engage the workforce.
March 21, 2014

Friday - 03/21/2014, 05:37pm EDT
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White House issues new tools to fight patent trolls

Federal CTO Todd Park and other White House officials unveiled a new set of initiatives Thursday designed to help businesses and consumers avoid unnecessary and costly patent litigation.

Friday - 02/21/2014, 04:05pm EST

Words from the wise: How 3 agencies attained best places to work status

NASA, the Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Communications Commission found success by engaging both managers and employees. All three agencies earned high marks in the annual Best Places to Work survey.

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 04:30am EST
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House members push to let PTO offset sequester cuts

House members with constituents impacted by budget cuts to the Patent and Trademark Office and Department of Defense are taking steps to ease the effect of sequestration and furloughs.

Monday - 07/08/2013, 06:34pm EDT

Unions frustrated by slow-roll of some labor-management forums

At the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations meeting, several employee representatives said the time has come for the committee to put more pressure on agencies to have more of the collaborative forums up and running well. During a time of budget reductions, possible furloughs and a government shutdown, the unions say the forums provide a way for agencies to better manage all of these fiscal challenges.

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 05:54am EST
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Smithsonian to reopen 1 of Mall's oldest buildings

The Smithsonian Institution announced plans Wednesday to create an innovation pavilion with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in one of the oldest buildings on the National Mall.

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 03:11pm EST

PTO head Kappos stepping down

David Kappos, director of the Patent and Trademark Office, is stepping down early next year.

Tuesday - 11/27/2012, 10:53am EST

'Give it a rest,' USPTO chief tells patent critics

USPTO director David Kappos says software is every bit as entitled to patent protection as hardware innovations. Critics of the agency should give recent reforms a chance to work, he told a think tank audience Tuesday.

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 01:18pm EST
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Telework helps PTO employees stay productive through Sandy

Despite the federal government closing its offices to the public on Monday and Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was still able to average 70 percent productivity, thanks to its telework policy.

Friday - 11/02/2012, 03:15pm EDT

NYC campus gets US patent officer

A new technology graduate school aimed at smoothing the path between research and entrepreneurship can boast a new distinction: the country's first on-campus patent officer, officials announced Tuesday.

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 06:27pm EDT

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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