Patent Office Head Defends Examiners' Work At House Panel

By Michael Macagnone (September 13, 2016, 7:42 PM EDT) -- The head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office defended her agency's work in wide-ranging questioning before a House panel Tuesday, maintaining she has taken steps to improve the work of patent examiners and better the patent system.

USPTO Director Michelle K. Lee said her office has taken numerous steps to improve the work of its more than 8,000 patent examiners before a House Judiciary subcommittee Tuesday, including trying to address concerns about a recent Commerce Department report showing the office paid more than $18 million for hundreds of thousands of hours that examiners may not have worked.

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