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New Boss Moves to Change Sluggish Patent Office

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New Boss Moves to Change Sluggish Patent Office

You know things are bad at a government agency when a Cabinet secretary says as much while swearing in the new boss. It happened at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in August, when Commerce Secretary Gary Locke showed up to swear in the new director, David Kappos, and told the rank-and-file that the agency’s backlog had a negative impact on the country’s economic competitiveness.

Even Kappos’s official biography mentions the agency’s woes, noting that the...

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