Patent Commissioner Promotes Hiring Push

Law360, New York (May 9, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is taking aggressive measures to boost the number of patent examiners as part of its ongoing efforts to clear a growing backlog of patent applications at the agency, Commissioner for Patents John J. Doll assured a forum of patent attorneys Tuesday.

At a discussion organized by K&L Gates LLP, Doll said the office was looking to hire 1,200 patent examiners a year for the next few years. The USPTO expects to have nearly 6,000 patent examiners on staff at the...
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