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Archived updates for Wednesday, July 13, 2005

USPTO Still Expanding

Growth in patent applications has been greater than anticipated and USPTO officials who planned the agency’s 2.4 million-square-foot new headquarters complex in Alexandria, Va. 10 years ago and now find that it is not big enough. According to July 11, 2005, they have already had to lease additional office space near the five-building complex into which more than 7,000 employees and contractors finished their move this month.

"The government budget process does not allow you to build a building in anticipation of what might come down the road,” USPTO sokesperson Brigid Quinn explained. "We’re hiring about 900 patent examiners this year. In fiscal year 2006, we’re anticipating having the resourcesto hire an additional 900, give or take.”
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