USPTO faces another labor and employment black eye

Thousands of patent examiners have been fudging their work-from-home hours… or have they?

Just as the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is shrugging off reports that its paralegals are being paid to sit around and do nothing, the agency is facing another potential labor and employment black eye, this time concerning its patent examiners who work from home. 

The USPTO has had a work-from-home program in place for years, and it has been lauded by many other government agencies. About half of the office’s patent examiners work from home on a full or part-time basis, but as to how much work they actually do, well, that is a matter of controversy.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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