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Mar172016

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When I reflect on this year’s women’s history month theme, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government,” I am inspired by the women here at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) who have made vital contributions to public service, intellectual property, invention, and innovation.

Mar162016

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As Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), I oversee all aspects of the Trademarks organization including policy, operations, and budget related to trademark examination, registration, and maintenance. I am not a “lifer” as most USPTO employees are. I practiced law for 30 years before joining the Trademark Office in 2011.

Mar162016

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America’s consumers spent more than $12 trillion last year on all kinds of stuff, including new cars, furniture, clothes, groceries, beauty products, electronics, visits to doctors and dentists, and tickets to sporting events and movies. The Bureau of Economic Analysis produces a slew of data on what people buy and how much they spend. It’s a critical piece of economic information.

Mar152016

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With the launch of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Tariff Tool in 2011, the International Trade Administration (ITA) created a free, online mechanism to enable U.S. businesses to quickly and easily calculate the tariff benefits on their exports to U.S. free trade agreement partner countries.

Mar142016

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I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago, and the last thing I was thinking about was Women’s History Month. I happened to bring along The Economist—mostly because it was easy to carry—and when I flipped to the lighter sections at the back I stumbled upon a review of The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe, by Elaine Showalter.

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