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ComputerWorld: Patent Office to spin off from Commerce Department

Mar 31, 2000, 01:05 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Under public pressure to improve the quality of its Internet-related intellectual property patent awards, the U.S. Department of Commerce Patent and Trademark Office has announced a plan for reform that will make it independent from the Commerce Department."

"In a presentation to members of the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association yesterday, the assistant secretary of commerce and commissioner of patents and trademarks, Q. Todd Dickinson, said the agency has become a "performance-based organization." As such, it will be granted managerial "flexibilities" and will operate with greater autonomy over budgeting, hiring and procurement. The revenue-generating agency will also take on accountability for its business results."

"The reorganization also gives Dickinson the title of undersecretary of intellectual property and officially changes the agency's name to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)."

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