By Matthew Bultman (January 24, 2017, 8:43 PM EST) -- President Donald Trump fulfilled a campaign pledge Monday and instituted a hiring freeze in the federal workforce, a move attorneys believe has the potential to hurt the quality of patents and hamper recent efforts by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to reduce a patent application backlog.
In one of his first actions as president, Trump signed an executive memorandum that halts hiring for all new and existing positions within the federal government, with exceptions for those in the military or positions deemed vital to national security or public safety.
In the short term, it's not expected the order will have...
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