Friday, July 29, 2005


USPTO PLACED IN "ARRESTING" POSITION: According to conversations with USPTO people, as well as a USPTO Weekly e-mail distribution, the arrest of a patent examiner is not a new thing. A "small number" of people (my sources tell me 3 examiners) were arrested previously while at work for "embezzeling" from the USPTO.

According to the USPTO Weekly, City of Alexandria police have arrested employees (not necessarily examiners) with outstanding criminal warrants for activities unrelated to the USPTO. They have also arrested employees accused of defrauding the government by the Department of Commerce's Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The Federal Protective Service arrested those accused of theft from USPTO employees.

No USPTO employee has made an arrest. Representatives from USPTO's Office of Security are alerted that an arrest will take place just as the law-enforcement officials arrive at our buildings. A representative from USPTO's Office of Security typically accompanies the officers.

A more interesting question raised was why have USPTO employees accused of a crime been arrested at work? According to the Weekly, law-enforcement agencies decide where to make arrests. Evidently, for criminal charges stemming from alleged wrongdoing at work, the workplace has been the venue for arrest. But for whatever reason, criminal charges stemming from alleged wrongdoing outside the Office, some law enforcement officials have made a decision to arrest USPTO employees at work as well.

Maybe it's the "new office smell" in the recently-built Alexandria offices . . .

1 Comentário:

Anonymous said...

The examiner has been charged with 12 counts of felony embezzlement with a maximum jail-time of 240 years. It should also be noted that prior to the arrest, after the arrest and until the time of firing (9/23/05) the examiner was at 100% production. With this felony charge his career is completely finished. New employees should consider losing their entire career by working for the USPTO. Is that a good career choice for someone in their 20's?

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