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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is Hiring Patent Examiners

Posted: Friday, Oct 21, 2011 @ 2:42 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 4 comments
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Posted in: Gene Quinn, IP News, Articles, Patents, US Economy, USPTO

Earlier today the United States Patent and Trademark Office tweeted the following: “Follow Einstein’s and Jefferson’s footsteps…become a #Patent Examiner. Apply to the USPTO by Nov. 1.” Yes, the USPTO is hiring more examiners, which is very good news.

The fiscal year 2011 results are now in and the backlog of untouched patent applications as of the end of FY 2011 was 669,625, so there is plenty of work to be done and hiring more patent examiners has to be a part of the solution.  But did you know that Albert Einstein was a patent examiner?  How about Thomas Jefferson?  Jefferson is largely regarded as the first U.S. patent examiner.  Thomas Jefferson (then Secretary of State), along with Secretary of War Henry Knox, and Attorney General Edmund Randolph, made up the first patent examination panel for the United States of America.  Einstein, on the other hand, worked for the Swiss Patent Office.  It was while working for the Patent Office that Einstein came up with his theory of relativity.

Gene Quinn Declared Patent Twit of the Week

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009 @ 6:49 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 77 comments
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Posted in: Anti-patent Nonsense, Gene Quinn, IP News, Articles, Patents

I just so happened to stumble across an interesting article declaring me Patent Twit of the Week.  Normally one would not be proud of being declared a “twit,” but I have to say that I am enormously proud of this recognition.  It seems that The Center for a Stateless Society has declared me a patent twit.  Yes, you read the name correctly. These folks are nothing more than anarchists who hold a grudge, which I realize is a redundant characterization. In any event, this is mighty high praise coming from an organization that describes themselves as a project “dedicated to building public awareness of, and support for, market anarchism.” So why do I care? Why do I even given them the time of day? It certainly isn’t to promote them or to even engage in a debate with them. I write only to disclose the biases of those who have an anti-patent agenda. With the ever building assault on intellectual property rights and patents in particular I think it is imperative that decision makers understand the positions and biases of those leading that anti-patent charge. Those leading the charge and cheering from the sidelines are anarchists who make up lies to support their positions and ignore facts.  They would have us dismantle our patent system, our economy and our government.  So allow me to expose the anti-patent movement for what is — utter nonsense.