September 2017 Update

As we wind down the FY, here is an update on a number of matters. Federal Legislative Update  —FY 2018 Federal Budget and USPTO Operations Earlier this month a bill was signed to fund the federal government through Dec. 8, 2017. Additional legislation is required to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year… Continue reading September 2017 Update

Friedman Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Howard Friedman, President of the Trademark Society, NTEU Chapter 25 at the PTO, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Federal Labor & Employee Relations Professionals. From left to right, SFLERP Second Vice-President Michael Fischetti, Mr. Friedman, and FirstVice-President May Silverstein. At the 44th annual Symposium of the Society of Federal Labor &… Continue reading Friedman Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

June 2016 Update

June 2016 update on various matters. A.      TMNG NTEU 245 has several members currently Beta Testing TMNG and working with the Office to address defects and to improve the user interface and functions.  We anticipate that this will continue for some time.  NTEU 245 is committed to making sure that the TMNG is not deployed… Continue reading June 2016 Update

A Few Matters

Possible Shutdown The attachments from NTEU National provide an update on agency preparations for a possible government shutdown. NTEU 245 raised this issue at the PTO labor management forum last Wednesday and I also met with PTO Congressional Affairs. While anything can happen and stranger things have—it is my understanding that the PTO would remain… Continue reading A Few Matters