Organizational Leadership at the USPTO Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the structure and leadership at the US Patent and Trademark Office.
# 150517 | 1,579 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Feb 29, 2012 in Political Science (Government Agencies) , Business (Human Resources)

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This paper examines the organizational structure and leadership of the United States Patent and Trademark Office through a literature review. First, the paper gives a description of the USPTO, further highlighting its role in promoting and protecting technology. Then, it analyzes the role of organizational leadership in the selected situation using some theories proposed by researchers. This is particularly noted with the proposed "Telework" program, which involved a work from home plan. Next, the paper evaluates the role of power and influence at the USPTO. The paper concludes by stating that the research also showed that in spite of its longstanding mission to protect the intellectual property rights of American citizens and its contribution to innovation, the USPTO has experienced many of the same types of problems with absenteeism that plague other types of organizations in both the public and private sectors.


Review and Discussion

From the Paper:

'By focusing on the quality of life and importance of the family-work connection, the leadership at the USPTO has improved the absenteeism and associated turnover rate among its employees, most especially its patent attorneys and examiners who may otherwise have perceived greener employment pastures elsewhere. According to Meadows (2007), "Federal agencies that embrace telework accrue many benefits, from better morale and employee productivity to lower absenteeism and reduced need for office space" (p. 34). Allowing USPTO employees to take advantage of the telework alternative has paid off in major ways. Fully 86 percent of those who are eligible for this option have opted for telework arrangements including more than 1,000 patent examiners and 230 patent attorneys who are permitted to work up to 4 days a week from their homes and absenteeism as a result of inclement weather and problematic commutes during peak tourism periods have been virtually eliminated. In this regard, Meadows notes that, "Telework is a versatile approach to managing federal human capital costs and improving employee quality of life. In USPTO's case, it has also increased employee retention and helped meet agency quality, e-government, production, and efficiency targets"...."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • An introduction to the USPTO. (2009). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. [Online]. Available:
  • Article 1, Section 8, United States Constitution.
  • Fernandez, S. (2005). Developing and testing an integrative framework of public sector leadership: Evidence from the public education arena. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 15(2), 197-198.
  • Michalisin, M. D., Karau, S. J. & Tangpong, C. (2007). Leadership's activation of team cohesion as a strategic asset: An empirical simulation. Journal of Business Strategies, 24(1), 1-2.
  • Sears, J. L. & Moody, M. K. (1994). Using government information sources: Print and electronic. Phoenix: Oryx Press.

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