USPTO

  • USPTO’s Peer-to-Patent program ends; what are lessons learned?

    Three years ago, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office began a unique program that some are saying changed the way government works. The Peer-to-Patent program opened the patent examination process to public participation for the…

  • USPTO opens up about telework success

    Out of a total of approximately 5,300 PTO staffers who have both the authorization and the technical capability to telework, 91 staffers telework three days a week; 165 work two days a week from home; 2,700 who work from home one day a week; and finally 2,300 staff who are ”hotelers”, who do the majority of their work from their homes, and only come into PTO headquarters once a week or once every two weeks. Danette Campbell, the senior telework advisor at PTO, explains.

  • USPTO turns to Google for help with TMI

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has turned to Google to store 10 terabytes of bulk data. David Kappos, Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, explains.

  • USPTO puts tasty innovation on display

    Inventive Eats: Incredible Food Innovations highlights how our breakfast cereals, sandwiches, dinner entrees, and more have been transformed by significant events, discoveries and inventions. We get the tasty details from the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, David Kappos.

  • Vote: Which agency has the best gym?

    Vote for the agency with the best gym as part of Federal News Radio’s Best of the Federal Government series. Your votes determine the winner!

  • USPTO launches satellite office

    The first ever USPTO satellite office is about to open in Detroit, Michigan. Patent and Trademark Office Director, David Kappos, explains the reasons for the move and about jobs opening up as a result.

  • Telework is about to change your agency

    The recent passage of the Telework Enhancement Act substantially changes the status of telework throughout government. But how? We get details from Dr. Scott Overmyer, author of a new study.

  • USPTO CFO: The job’s challenge makes it fun

    When the economy is down, the Patent and Trademark Office receives fewer patent applications. Anthony Scardino, CFO of USPTO explains why that makes it hard to predict what managers should commit from the discretionary funds.

  • DoD, PTO discuss plans for potential shutdown

    Federal financial managers are coming to terms with financial compliance; limited money for new systems or upgrades; and the continuing need for achieving clean audits, financial transparency, and compliance. How are those financial managers facing these challenges is the subject of the Federal News Radio Discussion: Accounting in Austerity.

  • Feds could be fined for working during a shutdown

    With shutdown threats coming and going and coming again, morale is down across the federal landscape. If a shutdown were to happen, furloughed feds couldn’t even hide themselves in their work! We get details from Patent & Trademark’s CFO, Tony Scardino.