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March 28, 2008

Greenhorn Parade

Every competent manager knows, if you have a morale problem with the troops, step one is simple: ask the troops. Instead, Margaret Peterlin, Deputy Doodah for the USPTO, is tickled pink to ask the kids in a local bidness skool what they think.

The George Washington University School of Business has partnered with the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its 2008 International Business Case Competition. The competition has brought together 18 teams of MBA students from around the world, each of whom will present proposed solutions to the pressing issues of patent pendency and backlog at the USPTO. The competition will culminate on March 28-29 at the Washington Marriott Hotel, when the teams will present their proposals to a panel of judges, including USPTO senior management executives and business leaders from an array of industries including finance, technology, hospitality, consulting and others.

It's a contest. Will there be mud wrestling?

Oh, it's going to "culminate" at a Washington Hotel. Isn't that what got that New York Spitz feller in a world of hurt?

Vanna Margaret, show them the valuable prizes. Actually, prizes weren't announced. Even better, it's a crackerjack box contest. How clever. How motivating.

Ms. Peterlin: "MBA students are able to see concepts and relationships which may not be readily apparent to the people so close to the issues." Did you hear the one about the young dame up shit's creek without a paddle?

In vaudeville days, the master of ceremonies would hook the lout getting the boos with a cane and pull them offstage. Alas, Ms. Peterlin is still onstage. Sometimes, the old ways are the best.

Hal Wegner's take:

Deputy Director Peterlin has thrown in the towel and now looks to an MBA business student competition to solve the problems of the PTO. As part of a press release she says that she "look[s] forward to the recommendations of these talented business students as they apply their business operations coursework to our real-life challenges."

The more Ms.Peterlin speaks the more it is apparent that the Number One challenge for a new President is the appointment of patent-experienced leadership to head the PTO.

Hal likes a dash of oblique on his critique, a sunny-side up on a summing up.

Posted by Patent Hawk at March 28, 2008 9:28 PM | The Patent Office


That's just sad. It will be even sadder if they actually listen to some of these ideas while ignoring the patent bar and examiner corps for who knows how long.

On the bright side, this might be a good opportunity for the PTO to learn some fancy business jargon, like "cronyism" and "dead wood."

Posted by: cjack at March 29, 2008 7:41 AM

Prospector, please don't insult Vanna's intelligence that way...

Posted by: Pat Sajak at March 31, 2008 10:58 AM

She is so far in over her head, that I actually feel a little bit sorry for her.

But then again, when she gets jettisoned from the PTO in the next administration change, and she parlays her "IP experience" into a sweet private sector gig, and paycheck, she'll probably be feeling sorry for me.

Oh well.

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Posted by: K&L Gates at April 29, 2008 3:47 AM

it is a sad state of affairs when you first get denied your complaints as a matter of law, when disgruntled children sit and tear at the the one person who could have helped them. Now that your PROMISED child (new administration) has been at the reigns, is it MORE BETTER. to heck with the freedom of speech, your commentary should have merit in oreder to be broadcast ... she paid with her personal service supporting and defending the constitution to allow you to run off at the mouth ... what did you ever do apart from self promote. Cowards!

Posted by: Jane Q Citizen at August 28, 2009 10:25 PM

Marge, take a valium, you're sounding quite incoherent. I have an even better idea than asking MBA students how to run the PTO. What if we got some Capitol Hill staffers to run the PTO? I bet they would have all kinds of brilliant ideas! Oh wait, that was Dudas and Peterlin...

Did you not realize this post is almost a year and a half old? It's ancient history (like Dudas)

Posted by: The Post-Peterlin Period at August 29, 2009 5:22 AM