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May 31, 2002

Brigid Quinn

Press Release, 02-43

Commerce Under Secretary for Intellectual Property Rogan To Unveil Strategic Plan To Transform USPTO

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, James Rogan, will unveil his strategic plan to transform the USPTO into a quality-driven, highly productive, cost-effective organization, supporting an international market-based intellectual property system. The plan emphasizes excellence in examiner recruiting, hiring and training; greater use of electronic initiatives and outside resources to process patents and trademarks; and a faster, less costly alternative to the courts for challenging patents, which are strategies that reflect the values of the President's Management Agenda.

Under Secretary Rogan will take questions after his presentation.

Reporters should call 1-800-857-4864, code 26864 by 9:55 a.m. ET to participate.

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