From the Washington Post:

A former U.S. Attorney now on the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday chastised the government’s top patent official for failing to fire or severely discipline most patent examiners who have been found to have committed time and attendance fraud.

“It’s theft,” Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), a former federal prosecutor, told patent commissioner Margaret Focarino at the hearing before two House committees.

“It’s stealing from the American people,” Marino said of misconduct that was the subject of an internal review last year. “But these people are still working. Why?”

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