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SPE Performance Appraisal Plan-Award Taskforce

Jim Ruttler, Patent Attorney

Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2010 by Jim Ruttler

The role of the Supervisory Patent Examiner (SPE) is critical and David Kappos, Director of the USPTO, has acknowledged this fact by restructuring the Performance Appraisal Plan (PAP) and award program for SPE’s. “The SPE PAP-Award Taskforce has crafted a performance appraisal plan that reflects key priorities of the Patents organization: enhanced examination quality, reduced application pendency and improved stakeholder responsiveness.” As first-line managers and trainers to 13-20 patent examiners, SPE’s are key players in aiding the USPTO to achieve organizational goals and to overcome challenges that have arisen from globalization and the ability to diffuse information at a rapid pace. According to the USPTO Web site, the new SPE PAP includes:

•Quality (of work) element (25%)
•Pendency Reduction element (25%)
•Stakeholder Responsiveness element (20%)
•Coaching/Mentoring (to examiners) element (15%)
•Leadership element (15%)

The USPTO invites feedback from internal and external stakeholders with regards to the SPE PAP-Award Task Force. Feedback can be sent to

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