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January 11, 2005
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Press Release, 05-04

Commissioner for Patents Announces Retirement

PRESS RELEASE

Nicholas P. Godici, Commissioner for Patents, announced today that he will be retiring from the USPTO and will not be seeking reappointment to the Commissioner for Patents position. His term expires on March 29, 2005.

“It’s been an honor to serve the USPTO and the patent community as Commissioner. I want to thank my colleagues in the office, especially members of the executive team, for their support and contributions during my term,” said Mr. Godici.

Under Secretary Jon Dudas noted, “I want personally to thank Nick Godici for his years of service to the USPTO. He is an outstanding public servant. Many important milestones have been reached during his tenure as Commissioner, most notably full automation of the patent application process.”

The Secretary of Commerce appointed Mr. Godici to the position of Commissioner for Patents in March 2000. He started in the USPTO in 1972 as a patent examiner and has held numerous management positions within the office. From January to December of 2001, he was the Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the USPTO.

During his time as Commissioner, the PTO has implemented complete electronic patent application processing; expanded the patent examination staff to deal with increased patent filings, implemented special pay and work-at-home programs that have reduced employee turn-over, and implemented initiatives to improve the quality of the patent examination process.

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