Patent Office Prevails In Pay Dispute With Union

Law360, New York (March 16, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit on Friday ruled that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office did not committ an unfair labor practice when it failed to request a pay increase for patent examiners as called for under an agreement with the examiners' union, reversing a federal agency's finding.

The appeals court ruled that the Federal Labor Relations Authority was collaterally estopped from reaching its decision because the FLRA had ruled earlier that the agreement with the Patent Office Professional Association did not constitute an "appropriate arrangement" under the...
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