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Jul 272012
 
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Here you will be able to find out all the latest news and info about POPA – Patent Office Professional Association. Reminder: Every Tuesday from 11am – 1pm there will be Office Hours held in the POPA Office, RND 1D61 or by phone x2-7162. This is where you can meet and discuss your issues with a POPA representative. Note: If the site appears distorted in your version of Internet Explorer, then try using the Compatibility Mode by pressing the button located in between the URL input box and the refresh button. Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience.

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Aug 212014
 
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Dear POPA Bargaining Unit Members, I would like to update you on several issues of importance to many, if not all, of you. ADC Memo on 3:00 Cutoff on Count Mondays Hopefully by now you all have seen yesterday’s email from the ADCs regarding the fact that, as part of the recent changes to the examiner PAPs, the cutoff time for counting work is 3:00 PM on count Mondays.  This cutoff time applies to all examiners regardless of grade and/or signatory authority.  At the beginning of 4thquarter, FY14, there was some confusion as to whether the 3:00 cutoff only applied

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Jul 282014
 
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Dear POPA Bargaining Unit Members, The 2014 election of POPA officers and Executive Committee Delegates will take place in November.  Since we now carry out our elections by mail-in ballot, preparations for the election must take place well in advance.  This includes determining the “apportionment of delegates,” i.e., how many delegates may be elected to the Executive Committee from each of the disciplines (Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical and Designs and Others).  The apportionment for this year’s election must be determined by the Executive Committee in early August. The POPA dues-paying membership as of July 31 will be used to determine the

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May 072014
 
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Dear Members of the Examining Corps, Many of you have been stopping me and other POPA representatives in the hallways wanting to know the status of the USPTO/POPA PAP Task Force discussions regarding any changes to Docket Management and, in particular, the status of the Pendency Award for the 3rd Quarter of FY14. The Task Force has been working hard for several months trying to hammer out an agreement on changes and we are continuing to work towards that end to insure that the Pendency Award will continue to be available to the Corps.  The Task Force has, unfortunately, encountered several

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Dec 102013
 
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POPA and other members of the Federal-Postal Coalition, together representing more than five million federal and postal employees, sent a letter to Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Paul Ryan, chairs of the joint Budget Committee, opposing any further attempts to balance the federal budget on the backs of federal employees. It is believed that the Budget Committee will propose this week, possibly as soon as Tuesday, to increase employee contributions to the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) and, in addition, to change the calculation of retirement benefits by using an employee’s highest five-year salary history rather than the current high-three calculation. In

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Nov 282013
 
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Dear POPA Bargaining Unit Members, Next Wednesday, December 4, from 11:30-12:30, POPA will be holding its Annual Meeting in the Madison Auditorium North.  The Annual Meeting will also be webcast for those unable to attend in person.  The webcast information is included below. I hope you can join us at the Annual Meeting or by webcast.  As you are aware, 2013 brought many major changes affecting our bargaining unit members and the USPTO.  It looks like 2014 may be shaping up to bring even more.  At the Annual Meeting we will update you regarding the many changes going on in

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Aug 082013
 
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There is a critical need for blood in the Washington, D.C. area and other areas of the country.  Donations can be made at an Alexandria campus blood drive or to a non-profit organization such as the American Red Cross. Patent employees who donate blood, either on or off campus, can claim up to 4 hours of administrative leave for travel to a donor center, donation and recovery.  Employees are to record the name of the non-profit organization they donated to in the “notes” section of their WebTA. Blood Donation Rules:  Blood may only be donated after a 56-day period since

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Jul 262013
 
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Dear POPA Bargaining Unit Members: Recently, POPA and the USPTO reached agreement on the new Patents Telework Program 2013 (PTP 2013). Here is some clarification about the new PTP 2013: The PTP 2013 agreement was signed on May 30, 2013. This agreement covers all partial telework programs for patent examiners, patent reexamination specialists, and bargaining unit employees in the Office of PCT Legal Administration (OPLA) and the Office of Petitions. It does NOT cover hoteling. If you are a hoteler, no reapplication is required at this time. All employees interested in partial telework must apply to the new PTP 2013,

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Jul 122013
 
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A number of examiners, particularly examiners participating in PHP (Patents Hoteling Program), are not accurately recording their hours worked on WebTA.  Examiners are required to accurately record their hours worked.   Simply filling out the WebTA for the pay period listing “8” as the number of hours worked Monday through Friday even if they worked different hours each day, is not an accurate recording. The Agency routinely investigates examiners after their supervisor or attorneys have had a hard time reaching them and telephone calls and/or e-mails are not being returned in a timely manner.  Management will look at computer usage records

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