USPTO Examiner Overhaul Addresses Morale, Backlog

Law360, New York (October 1, 2009, 12:19 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has proposed shaking up its examiner count system for the first time in 30 years, attempting to boost the quality and quantity of patent examinations by giving examiners more time and incentive to complete thorough inspections on the first-action front end.

USPTO Director David Kappos on Sept. 30 unveiled a series of proposals, developed in cooperation with senior managers in the USPTO and leaders of patent examiner union the Patent Office Professional Association, that are designed to improve working conditions...
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