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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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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: David Kappos , patent reform , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , 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.

Tags: workforce , Telework Enhancement Act , John Sarbanes , Gerald Connolly , VA , DHS , management , technology , OPM , USDA , GSA , telework , Emily Kopp

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.

Tags: patent reform , Terry Rae , workforce , green technology , Jared Serbu

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.

Tags: Telework Center , Danette Campbell , Hewlett-Packard , HP , Christina Morrison , Telework Enhancement Act

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

OPM may push telework harder in updated snow policy

The Office of Personnel Management is finalizing changes to the federal snow policy. Director John Berry won't share details yet, but he said telework shows the resiliency of government during bad weather.

Tags: telework , OPM , John Berry , Justin Johnson , Danette Campbell , HHS , Ned Holland , technology , management , operating status , inclement weather , Emily Kopp

Friday - 10/21/2011, 06:28pm EDT
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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.

Tags: retention , workforce , Telework Enhancement Act , management , technology , OPM , Justin Johnson , Microsoft , Martha Clarkson , Danette Campbell , Jim Neighbors , DoD , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 05:46am EDT
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Lessons learned, best practices on telework examined after blizzard

Federal, state and local governments are looking at what worked -- and what didn't -- when it came to having employees telework during the storm. Federal News Radio learns how Arlington County was able to continue operations remotely, despite snowy and dangerous conditions outside.

Tags: technology , management , telework , COOP , Arlington County , Marcy Foster , Jack Belcher , Mike Causey , Dorothy Ramienski , OPM , GPO , GSA , John Berry

Friday - 02/19/2010, 08:00pm EST
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Sharing lessons learned after Peer-to-Patent program ends

Pilot program lasted for three years; allowed public to assist patent officers with patent applications.

Tags: management , technology , Peer-to-Patent program , Beth Noveck , Dr. Mark Webbink , Dorothy Ramienski

Friday - 07/24/2009, 06:51pm EDT
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