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Matthew Chavez

is a registered patent attorney with Womble Bond Dickinson who prepares and prosecutes utility patents in the electrical engineering arts. He has experience in multiple technical fields, including software, computer network communications, computer vision processing, digital cameras, electro-acoustic devices, microprocessors, cable networks, telecommunications, home automation and security device interactions, video doorbells, and various mechanical devices.

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New Year, New Models: How the Pandemic May Forever Change Practice at the USPTO

Last year brought unprecedented changes as to how the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) conducts business. Prior to the pandemic, the USPTO was already a trailblazer with employees teleworking. As of 2018, 8,824 patent positions, roughly 94% of the total positions eligible for telework, already worked from home. On March 15, 2020, however, the USPTO closed all of its offices to the public, and subsequently transitioned its entire workforce of roughly 13,000 people (which includes patent examiners, trademark examiners, and other staff), to full telework, practically overnight. Since the majority of these positions were already teleworking, the transition was almost seamless.