Further to yesterday’s announcement of a Naples Roundtable study of PTO procedures and the response by two senior members of the profession, a third response has been received from a highly respected leader of the profession with considerable experience within the PTO:  He says that “[n]ot only should the POPA [patent examiners’ union] contract be torn up, but the PTO needs the civil service reform legislation promised by Trump.” (emphasis added)

Remarkable Survival of the Director:   The idea that the incumbent Director of the PTO would be retained in the new Trump Administration puzzles leaders of the patent community.

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