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November 18, 2008

Musical Chairs

With USPTO Deputy Director Margaret Peterlin vamoose, John Doll steps in, with Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations Margaret ("Peggy") Focarino filling Doll's erstwhile Commissioner for Patents chair. Effective immediately. Both Doll and Focarino have been with the Office for over 30 years.

The assignments are considered "temporary." Very zen.

Posted by Patent Hawk at November 18, 2008 12:55 AM | The Patent Office


"The assignments are considered 'temporary.' Very zen."

Lifer Doll will be able to take the acting Director's position under the succession provisions of the 1999 American Inventors Protection Act (35 USC 3(b)(1)) without Senate advice and consent once Dudas departs. What's old is new. See:


See also:

http://inventblog.com/page/2?s=efs which shows the old:

"On July 30, 2004, President Bush nominated Jonathan W. Dudas via recess appointment [without Senate advice and consent] to be the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The President had previously nominated Mr. Dudas on March 22, 2004, but his confirmation had been held up in the United States Senate. The recess appointment allows Dudas to act as Under Secretary/Director until Bush (or Kerry) can work it out with the Senate during the next session."

See also:


Unless Obama is astute (don't hold your neighbor's breath), the agency is set to preserve its problems, and to again look only outwardly for finding fault, rather than upwardly at its own unqualified management... in the once great United States of America, where the federal government has become an organism unto itself.

When in the course of human events....

Posted by: niRPa at November 18, 2008 5:41 AM

"30 years of tradition, unmarred by progress"

Posted by: John prosecutor at November 18, 2008 1:06 PM

Despite his time at the PTO, I doubt you'll find many there who respect Doll. He's been a political animal the entire time, always looking out for #1 first and foremost.

Posted by: bierbelly at November 18, 2008 2:47 PM

Two words: Porterhouse Blue

Posted by: jguay at November 18, 2008 6:10 PM