February 24th, 2017
Last year, in November, the incumbent PTO Director, when asked whether she would want to stay in the PTO as part of the Trump Administration, said that she’s “open to anything and everything.” She’s apparently still there.
Important Unfinished Business, “Training Examiners”: The incumbent Director last year identified as key items that remain unfinished “training examiners on improving patent quality and opening satellite offices in cities such as San Jose and Denver” which she says “remain[ ] a work in progress.” In the scheme of running a roughly 10,000 employee Agency, precisely where on the list of Agency priorities does “training examiners on improving patent quality” come into play?
Has the Trump Administration forgotten the Patent Office? We’re now in mid-February and nobody seemingly knows the score. What is the Secretary of Commerce (who is above the Patent Office) doing to resolve the uncertainties?
Source for the quoted information: Li Zhou, Patent office director ‘open’ to staying,Politico (November 30, 2016), http://www.politico.com/tipshe