PTO Grows Patent Examiners in Petri Dishes

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) must be growing patent examiners in a petri dish somewhere. Why? Because that is the only way the PTO can do what it says what it will do in today’s post-budget press release:

In FY 2006, the USPTO anticipates hiring 900 patent examiners and 75 trademark examining attorneys. By the end of FY 2006, the USPTO expects to have over 4,500 patent examiners and over 350 trademark examining attorneys.

For those you keeping score at home, that is a 25% increase in patent examiners, and a 27% increase in trademark attorneys. Whopping numbers.