At POPA’s annual meeting in December, I discussed what Quality Initiatives would look like from an examiner’s perspective. I suggested three pillars: 1) appropriate time to do the work, 2) effective and organized training and 3) resources to support efficient examination. These pillars are not intended to diminish what the Agency is attempting to accomplish with its Quality Initiatives, but The Full Article
POPA Annual Meeting Minutes December 2, 2015 Welcome and State of Union (Pam Schwartz, Vice President) The POPA President, Robert Budens and Assistant Secretary, Pat Duffy are not able to attend the meeting today. Discussion of Quality Initiatives and Work Schedule Notification (Pam) The Agency has set forth 3 pillars for quality initiatives: Excellence in work product, customer service, and The Full Article
At the January 14th POPA Executive Committee meeting, Kathleen Duda was elected to be Vice President of the Association, and Gerald Ewoldt was elected to replace Kathleen in the position of Secretary. The current POPA roster: popa roster 01212016
POPA is concerned about the recent electronic tool outages at the USPTO. We have been advocating for compensation for examining time lost due to inability to work and for lost DM credit. In some situations for which management has agreed to provide reasonable compensation, there are some supervisors or directors who do not appear to be following through. In order The Full Article
WebTA is available The Web Time and Attendance (WebTA) system is now available and functioning properly. You can contact the OCIO Service Desk by calling 571-272-9000 or emailing ServiceDesk 9000 if you continue to experience issues.
In addition to the guidance on administrative guidance which has been provided, we will be giving further adjustments similar to what was sent out to Patent employees after the OACS outage earlier in the month, including docket management adjustments. I understand we are nearing the end of the quarter, so I will be providing this additional guidance as soon as The Full Article
The USPTO is experiencing several system outages due to a major power failure. These outages are expected to continue through at least Saturday, December 26, 2015. The following guidance applies to all employees who are unable to work due to the system outage (e.g., Patent examiners, Trademark examining attorneys, LIEs, etc.). Employees who are not affected by the system outage The Full Article
Patents Employees, At approximately 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, December 22, 2015, the USPTO experienced a major power failure at the Alexandria campus that impacted all USPTO computer systems at all campuses. All examining systems are currently offline and inaccessible. OCIO teams are working to restore these systems but this will likely take several days. At this point, at least The Full Article
11:00 pm EST. The USPTO is experiencing a major server outage affecting multiple functions. We will post more information as it becomes available.