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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

Tags: workforce , management , Fred Steckler , Best Places to Work in the Federal Government , David Dye , Katherine Ryan , Deloitte , telework , employee motivation , Shaw Bransford and Roth , Fed Talk

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.

Tags: Todd Park , Gene Sperling , Patty Pritzker , Michelle Lee , patent trolls , patent reform , Commerce , Michael OConnell

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

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.

Tags: DoD , Congress , House , sequestration , Sean Maloney , Melissa Dawkins

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

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.

Tags: Smithsonian Institution , ayne Clough

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 03:11pm 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: patents , software patents , David Kappos , Center for American Progress , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 01:18pm EST
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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.

Tags: Cornell NYC Tech , Federal Drive , technology

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

In Depth interviews - July 3

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Danette Campbell , telework , Tom Shoop , GovExec , Shawn Henry , cybersecurity , FBI , Dan Stoneking , Sammies 2012 , Tammy Flanagan , pay and benefits , NITP

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 01:15am EDT

Debilitating storm? No sweat for teleworking feds

While some federal agencies in Washington, D.C., struggled to get their work done on Monday due to power outages caused by a recent storm, thousands of Patent and Trademark Office employees worked remotely as part of the agency's successful teleworking plan.

Tags: Danette Campbell , In Depth , telework , workforce , management , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 01:29pm 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.

Tags: Commerce Department , technology , Silicon Valley

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

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.

Tags: Deborah Cohn , trademark , Tom Harkin , Barbara Boxer

Friday - 03/09/2012, 05:01pm EST
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