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Article One Partners, With Support From USPTO, Offers New Opportunities to Veterans

Article One Partners, With Support From USPTO, Offers New Opportunities to Veterans

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SOURCE: Article One Partners
 April 09, 2013
Article One Partners, With Support FromUSPTO, Offers New Opportunities toVeterans
Provides Training, Career Awareness and Potential Earnings in the IP Space
 NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 9, 2013) - All veterans,especially those returning from recent combat, need support. Oneimportant means of support is through the private sector. In general, thelatest jobs report shows slight improvement in unemployment, butunemployment remains high for US veterans. Nearly one out of everyten veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan struggles to find work,according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Article One Partners (AOP), the world's largest patent researchcommunity, with the support of the USPTO, is working to provide newopportunities for veterans. The precise training and deep analytical skillsthat veterans acquire in the military make them ideal candidates for  patent research."AOP is devoted to supporting our veterans and is honored to launch a program that gives something back to these heroes," said Cheryl Milone,CEO and founder of AOP. "At AOP, we want to build on success. Wealready have several veterans who have been successful on our platform. Now, we want to expand this success into a formal program."
The AOP Veterans Program is a unique web-based career learningopportunity within the intellectual property (IP) industry. It aims to giveveterans hands-on experience and education in the IP field. The programmakes veterans aware of the skills and training required to compete for IP-related jobs and exposes them to career opportunities."I am excited to compete to win the $5,000 reward from AOP," saidJudy Leonard, a U.S. Air Force veteran who signed up for the program.She added, "More than anything, I look forward to learning about newopportunities for me and my fellow veterans."The AOP Veterans Program will engage veterans in a series of competitive research projects focused on pending patent applications to provide participants with functional training and education. As theylearn about patents and patent research, veterans will also be helping toimprove patent quality. AOP will submit art discovered by participatingveterans to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)under the new rules enabled by the America Invents Act (AIA)."Our agency applauds such efforts," said USPTO Chief AdministrativeOfficer Frederick W. Steckler, a U.S. Navy veteran. "This is the kind of innovative private sector initiative that the America Invents Act wasmeant to enable. Having veterans and other third parties contribute prior art to the patent examination process can help strengthen patent quality.It is a win-win for everyone involved."To increase career awareness, the program will also include interactivecareer learning sessions from IP executives. These sessions will discusscareer opportunities for veterans and the skills necessary to succeed inthe intellectual property industry.
"I am honored to be part of the AOP Veterans Program to provideveterans much needed support as they transition to civilian life. Throughthe career learning session, I hope to provide participating veterans withsome insights about careers in the IP industry," said Tony Baca, IPLitigation Manager at Hewlett-Packard."One of the most pressing issues in my district is jobs," said JackieSpeier, U.S. Representative for California's 14th congressional district."This program gives veterans a chance to learn about the IP industrywhile they also expand skills in research."The AOP Veterans Program will launch on April 8, 2013 and will runfor six weeks. At the end of the program, AOP will award $5,000 to themost successful veteran.The AOP Veterans Program is for veterans who have an interest inresearch, science, technology and intellectual property. To register, visitthe Article One Partners Veterans Program Registration. 
About Article One Partners
Article One Partners (AOP) has revolutionized the transparency of  patent data. Today, AOP is the world's largest patent researchcommunity. The company has distributed requests for prior art researchto more than one million scientists and technologists using a globalonline human search engine. AOP is active in 170 countries and isexceptionally successful in identifying non-textual and non-patentliterature. The company is a partner to 16Fortune 100 companies, 51Forbes Global 2000 and 7 of the top 10 US patent filers. AOP's clientsatisfaction rate exceeds 90%.

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