USPTO Director Touts Drop In Patent Application Backlog

Law360, San Francisco (October 28, 2016, 9:58 PM EDT) -- The head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office touted on Friday the office's progress in reducing the application backlog and improving patent quality since the start of the Obama administration, even as the agency remains embroiled in controversy over claims that its patent examiners have been paid millions of dollars in wages for unworked hours.

In January 2009, the USPTO's patent application backlog and pendency numbers were at "all-time highs," Director Michelle K. Lee said in a speech at the American Intellectual Property Law Association's annual conference in Washington, D.C., that is posted online. Today, however, both the backlog and...

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