As Backlog Grows, Hoteling Program Draws Fire

Law360, New York (April 17, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s hoteling program, which allows nearly a quarter of its patent examiners to work from home, has been hailed as a success, but some critics claim the program is exacerbating the backlog that has grown to 1.25 million pending applications.

Some lawyers complain that the program is also contributing to the brain drain of seasoned patent examiners from the office, leaving junior examiners with less supervision and making it more difficult for patent applicants to meet with examiners in person....
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