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A lot of people at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office wish Greg Aharonianwould just go away. Others can’t stop reading his newsletter. For the pastfive years Aharonian, the San Francisco-based publisher of a free e-mailbulletin called Patent News, has been a one-man migraine for PTO management.”I am the muckraker and they are the muckees,” is how Aharonian, 41,describes his role as relentless critic of the 6,000-person agency. “I’mthis shrieking banshee out in left field, but a lot of lawyers are just asupset.”

In almost daily dispatches to 3,400 subscribers, Aharonian provides livelycoverage of patent issues in the news, notable or silly new patents, andanonymous gossip from disaffected PTO employee peppered throughout withopinions on PTO shortcomings.

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