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The PTO should expand its telecommuting programs to establish satellite offices around the country to allow patent examiners greater flexibility to live in lower-cost areas.

The PTO’s policy of requiring examiners to check into the office every two weeks requires patent examiners to live in the Washington, DC metro area. If PTO set up small satellite offices around the country examiners could choose to live in less expensive areas and increase their standard of living, while still getting access to an office.