A former patent office clerk was indicted by a U.S. grand jury yesterday in connection with an alleged scheme to copy and deliver patent office documents to certain customers ahead of schedule in return for bribes.
The grand jury, sitting in Alexandria, indicted Collis Fentress Taylor of Washington on six counts of receiving bribes and gratuities and two counts of making false statements before a federal grand jury.
According to the indictment Taylor, 40, was a clerk in the patent office's customer service division and processed public orders for copies of patent documents, which ordinarily took about three weeks for the office to process.
Between September 1973 and May6, 1977, Taylor allegedly received "things of value" from three patent office customers in return for processing their requests ahead of the customary three-week wait, the indictment states. Assistant U.S. Attorney Theodore S. Greenberg said he could not comment on the amount of the alleged "things of value."
One of the customers who paid Taylor, Goerge John Flanagan, pleaded guilty last month to buying the copies from Taylor and another patent office employee.
Taylor also allegedly lied to a federal grand jury last September and last month when asked who paid him for making copies of patent documents, the indictment said.