Note 6. Other Assets
As of September 30, 2011 and 2010, other assets consisted of the following
|Advances and Prepayments||$2,053||$2,988|
|With the Public|
|Advances and Prepayments||10,085||10,179|
The largest governmental prepayments include the USPTO deposit accounts held with the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) to facilitate recurring transactions and the U.S. Postal Service for postage. Deposit accounts held with the GPO as of September 30, 2011 and 2010 were $750 thousand and $1,436 thousand, respectively. Deposit accounts held with the U.S. Postal Service as of September 30, 2011 and 2010 were $576 thousand and $880 thousand, respectively.
The largest prepayments with the public as of September 30, 2011 and 2010 were $5,898 and $6,005 thousand for various hardware and software maintenance agreements; $1,201 thousand and $1,136 thousand for various library and online database subscriptions; and $2,871 thousand and $2,870 thousand for various joint project agreements with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the International Intellectual Property Institute, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Light Years IP, the Innovators Network Foundation, and the Institute for Policy Innovation, respectively. Travel advances to personnel as of September 30, 2011 and 2010 were $2 thousand and $6 thousand, respectively.