Opening Statements

IP Exits


Many examiners have already shown their dissatisfaction by leaving the job; over the last five years, one patent examiner has left the PTO for nearly every two hired. The result is a backlog of patent applications that the PTO expects to increase to more than 1.3 million by the end of fiscal year 2011.

Source: Hiring Efforts Are Not Sufficient to Reduce the Patent Application Backlog, U.S. Government Account­ability Office report, Septem­ber 2007.

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