Patent Office Professional Association

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The Patent Office Professional Association (POPA) is a professional union of United States patent examiners. It was formed in 1964.[1] "Professional Representation for Patent Professionals."

POPA represents all patent office professionals at the US Patent and Trademark Office including:

  • Patent Attorneys at the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI)
  • Non-supervisory attorneys and Congressional Affairs Specialists in the Office of External Affairs (OEA)
  • Petitions attorneys in the Office of Petitions
  • Review Quality Assurance Specialists (rQAS) in the Office of Patent Quality Assurance (OPQA)
  • Designated Training Quality Assurance Specialists (tQAS)
  • Non-supervisory patent examiners and primary examiners
  • Non-supervisory Patent Reexamination Specialists in the Central Reexamination Unit (CRU)
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) examiners and attorney advisors
  • Certain librarians and accountants

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  1. ^ POPA web site, About us. Retrieved on August 15, 2012.

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