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Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Majority of patent examiners work voluntary overtime to meet production goals
The Nov. 06 issue of POPANEWS states that a solid majority of patent examiners work voluntary overtime to meet production goals. A May 06 survey was taken to assess the USPTO's proposed performance appraisal plan. (PAP)
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