Apr 062016
 

Dear Patent Examiners, POPA’s agreement with the Agency concerning the Pendency (docket management) Award expires yearly. Therefore, every winter since the inception of the docket management system, POPA has reentered negotiations with management concerning docket management and renewal of the Pendency Award. This year, our teams have been discussing docket management and related issues since early February. On March 24th, The Full Article

Apr 062016
 

You may have attended the Town Hall with Michelle Lee and Russ Slifer and heard Shared Services discussed. Read the letter POPA sent to Department of Commerce stating our position on Shared Services. Shared Services Letter

Feb 062016
 

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

Jan 282016
 

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

Jan 172016
 

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

Jan 172016
 

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

Dec 242015
 

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.

Dec 242015
 

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