Congratulations to newly minted patent attorney Justin Roettger who, as a pro bono public service, has established a gratis use, easy to use website to gain specific details on any Examiner concerning individual allowance rates and a variety of other information. See http://www.examinerninja.com.
Useful to the Patent Practitioner: If Justin’s website can deliver accurate information that shows, for example, that a particular examiner is outside the norm and refuses to allow claims without an appeal, this signals a need to go directly to an appeal with the goal of winning at the appeal brief level. Or, to forego wasting time on an interview.
Useful to the Patent Office: The Roettger system also allows the Office to identify bad actors in the examining corps who have statistics outside the norm so that appropriate actions can be taken. Query: Does the multi-billion dollar Agency have a “Roettger system”? If not, why not? (If Justin can, why can’t the PTO?) If the Office has a “Roettger system” why are bad apples outside the norm still in the examining corps?
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