Patent Office's CIO moves to Interior

Patent Office's CIO moves to Interior

Doug Bourgeois, who has been the CIO at the Patent and Trademark Office for three years, is leaving his job to become the director of the Interior Department's National Business Center.

Bourgeois will leave PTO on Sept. 3, an agency official said. Deputy CIO Ronald Hack will take over as acting CIO.

The patent office is in the midst of a transition to electronic processing of patent and trademark information. [See GCN coverage here.]

Bourgeois said PTO's computerization process is on track and progressing well. "We completed last week the final training class for the Patents Image File Wrapper system which provides an online means for patent examiners to examine the content of patent application file," he said. "Most importantly it does away with the paper based file that preceded it."

Bourgeois will succeed Timothy G. Vigotsky, who is retiring, as the NBC director. The center, which has more than 1,200 employees, maintains a large operations center in Denver as well as facilities elsewhere to provide systems management and general-purpose computing hosting to Interior and other agencies.

"It is a thrilling opportunity for me to progress with my career objectives," Bourgeois said of the job shift. "This is a position that is running a set of business services rather than being a CIO within a business.

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