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Tobmapsatonmi

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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #6930 on: 10-06-17 at 02:25 pm »

So if the newhire examiner is not an inventor/owner of the patent apps, but just the drafting/filing attorney, once the applications shift to another attorney at their old firm there's no longer any conflict?

What if the newhire examiner gets assigned to the same GAU where those apps are being examined? 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #6931 on: 10-06-17 at 03:33 pm »

So if the newhire examiner is not an inventor/owner of the patent apps, but just the drafting/filing attorney, once the applications shift to another attorney at their old firm there's no longer any conflict?

What if the newhire examiner gets assigned to the same GAU where those apps are being examined? 

This happened to me.  I'm conflicted out on any patent I touched before joining the PTO.  This includes patents that I did not write, but reviewed, approved, etc.  I've had to move away a few applications because of this, but it's not as many as you might imagine.  You're conflicted out of those apps pretty much forever (and for good reason, IMO). 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #6932 on: 10-07-17 at 02:17 pm »

So if the newhire examiner is not an inventor/owner of the patent apps, but just the drafting/filing attorney, once the applications shift to another attorney at their old firm there's no longer any conflict?

What if the newhire examiner gets assigned to the same GAU where those apps are being examined? 

This happened to me.  I'm conflicted out on any patent I touched before joining the PTO.  This includes patents that I did not write, but reviewed, approved, etc.  I've had to move away a few applications because of this, but it's not as many as you might imagine.  You're conflicted out of those apps pretty much forever (and for good reason, IMO).


Thanks, good info.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #6933 on: 10-08-17 at 10:06 pm »

Thank you! Really helpful!
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