Performance Excellence recognized by DOC secretary Gary Locke
The Department of Commerce has spent the last six months structuring our new Performance Excellence Program and helping our bureaus undertake a first round of projects. I am pleased to announce that two teams in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have forged ahead and already produced tangible results. Later today I will personally recognize the Patent Prosecution Highway Outreach Team and the Defective Appeal Reduction Team with the Department’s first Performance Excellence Awards for their outstanding efforts. Today’s honorees are the first in what I hope will be a long line of deserving recipients of this award.