USPTO Accused Of Retaliating Against 'Political Opponents'

By Tiffany Hu (September 24, 2019, 8:50 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been hit with a suit by a law firm seeking more information on whether the agency gives favorable treatment to its current and former employees over self-described "political opponents" of the federal government.

In a Freedom of Information Act suit filed Monday in California federal court, LegalForce RAPC Worldwide PC said the USPTO was withholding documents regarding its investigation into LegalForce after an employee at the firm "self-reported" a possible rule violation in March. Heather A. Sapp, a former trademark examiner at the USPTO, flagged that a client had entered the name of an...

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