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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."

Tags: Congress , Senate , Orrin Hatch , USPTO , Michelle Lee , Jack Moore

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

Tags: management , workforce , John Berry , OPM , Danny Werfel , OMB , Scott Gould , VA , Patent and Trademark Office , Bill Dougan , NFFE , Michael Filler , International Brotherhood of Teamsters , David Holway , National Association of Government Employees , Robert Budens , Patent Office Professional Association , National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relat , labor-management relations , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 05:54am EST
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PTO head Kappos stepping down

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

Tags: PTO , people , management

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.

Tags: USPTO , patents , software patents , Center for American Progress , Jared Serbu

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.

Tags: PTO , Sandy , telework , Commerce , Jolie Lee

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

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."

Tags: technology , management , Steven VanRoekel , Roger Baker , Scott Gould , David Hayes , VA , PTO , Interior , IRS , vendor management organizations , investment review boards , Jason Miller , President

Monday - 11/07/2011, 05:37am EST
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OMB launches PortfolioStat to reduce commodity IT spending

Agencies have to meet a series of milestones starting in June to eventually migrate two commodity IT functions to shared services or strategic sourcing contracts. VA, GSA, Interior and Patent and Trademark Office have tested the concept of managing by portfolios as well as vendor management organizations.

Tags: technology , management , OMB , Steven VanRoekel , Roger Baker , VA , GSA , Casey Coleman , Patent and Trademark Office , David Hayes , Interior , PortfolioStat , TechStat , vendor management organizations , IT efficiencies , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/02/2012, 05:22am EDT
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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.

Tags: USPTO , patent reform , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , America Invents Act

Friday - 02/10/2012, 05:23pm EST
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New best practices at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office save time, taxpayer dollars

Director David Kappos explains that establishing trust between unions and managers -- and setting concrete deadlines -- helped quickly change the Examiner Count System, which will help eliminate a gigantic backlog and save money.

Tags: management , USPTO , best practices , Examiner Count System , pay & benefits , telework , Dorothy Ramienski

Tuesday - 11/17/2009, 08:15pm 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.

Tags: Federal Drive , USPTO , pay and benefits , management , satellite office , Suzanne Kubota

Tuesday - 01/11/2011, 09:08am EST
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