Patents to the people: US Patent and Trademark Office sends staffer to live among NYC startups

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Almost exactly a year after the America Invents Act passed a number of patent reforms, the US Patent and Trademark Office is conducting an experiment. The agency announced today that one of its patent examiners will be stationed at the new Cornell University applied sciences campus in order to provide expertise and guidance to students and entrepreneurs in the New York City area.

This is a first for the patent office, which has been attacking the reform of its ancient system with a creativity unusual for a government agency. Once the legislature gave the USPTO the signal to start making changes, director David Kappos — the former head of IBM’s intellectual property division — was free to get progressive. One easy example is the…

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