USPTO

  • PTO commissioner illegally intervened in hiring

    An executive in the Patent and Trademark Office was found to have violated several federal laws when she used her position to get a relative’s boyfriend a job in her agency. The inspector general of the Commerce Department investigated the matter after getting a tip from a whistleblower.

  • Vacancy at patent office ‘untenable,’ senator says

    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the ranking member of the Finance Committee, is calling on President Barack Obama to nominate a permanent director for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The top spot at the patent agency has remained vacant since former director David Kappos departed the agency in February 2013. In a letter to President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Hatch said the vacancy “hampers the agency’s ability to influence policy and make long-term plans.”

  • Engagement & leadership development across the federal workforce

    Fred Steckler, the CAO at the US. Patent and Trademark Office, discusses his agency’s number one ranking in the latest Best Places to Work in Government survey, and Deloitte’s David Dye and Katherine Ryan talk about employee management and how to engage the workforce. March 21, 2014

  • White House issues new tools to fight patent trolls

    Federal CTO Todd Park and other White House officials unveiled a new set of initiatives Thursday designed to help businesses and consumers avoid unnecessary and costly patent litigation.

  • House members push to let PTO offset sequester cuts

    House members with constituents impacted by budget cuts to the Patent and Trademark Office and Department of Defense are taking steps to ease the effect of sequestration and furloughs.

  • ‘Give it a rest,’ USPTO chief tells patent critics

    USPTO director David Kappos says software is every bit as entitled to patent protection as hardware innovations. Critics of the agency should give recent reforms a chance to work, he told a think tank audience Tuesday.

  • Debilitating storm? No sweat for teleworking feds

    While some federal agencies in Washington, D.C., struggled to get their work done on Monday due to power outages caused by a recent storm, thousands of Patent and Trademark Office employees worked remotely as part of the agency’s successful teleworking plan.

  • In Depth interviews – July 3

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

  • OPM may push telework harder in updated snow policy

    The Office of Personnel Management is finalizing changes to the federal snow policy. Director John Berry won’t share details yet, but he said telework shows the resiliency of government during bad weather.

  • Managers need to unleash workers for successful telework

    While agencies and employees are reaping the benefits of telework, many frontline supervisors remain reluctant. They have to learn to manage the work, not the workers, experts say.