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Apr. 11, 2017

Intellectual Property Watch: Hiring Freeze At USPTO Concerns Industry Groups, by Kim Treanor

This post originally appeared in Intellectual Property Watch on April 11, 2017.

Members of the United States innovator business community have delivered a letter to President Trump requesting that the US Patent and Trademark Office be exempt from the federal hiring freeze announced in January.

The 5 April letter [pdf] was signed by nearly two dozen organisations and other entities, including the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the Innovation Alliance, the Alliance of US Startups & Inventors for Jobs, Medical Device Manufacturers Association, Licensing Executives Society, IEEE-USA, and the National Venture Capital Association.