Commerce Secretary Don Evans to Stress Importance of Patent Examiners Role in Innovation and Economic Growth

March 8, 2002
Press Release #02-19

MEDIA ADVISORY
Contact:
Brigid Quinn
703-305-8341
brigid.quinn@uspto.gov

Washington - As part of the Department of Commerce's Innovation Week, Commerce Secretary Don Evans will welcome 75 of the nearly 700 new patent examiners being hired by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this year to help process more than 350,000 patent applications filed annually. The Secretary will stress the strong emphasis President Bush has placed on economic security and the importance of a patent examiner's role in spurring the advances in technology that have accounted for 50% of U.S. economic growth since Word War II.

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