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PTO Requires 100 New Patent Examiners To Keep Up With Genomic Filings

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The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office needs to hire 100 new examiners next year to keep pace with the escalating number of gene patent applications, PTO Director Todd Dickinson said at a House Judiciary/Intellectual Property Subcommittee hearing July 13.

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