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Note 12. Commitments and Contingencies

The USPTO is a party to various routine administrative proceedings, legal actions, and claims brought by or against it, including threatened or pending litigation involving labor relations claims, some of which may ultimately result in settlements or decisions against the federal government.

As of September 30, 2011, management expects it is reasonably possible that approximately $83,726 thousand may be owed for awards or damages involving labor relations claims. As of September 30, 2010, management expects it is reasonably possible that approximately $85,612 thousand may be owed for awards or damages involving labor relations claims.

As of September 30, 2011, the USPTO was not subject to any suits where adverse outcomes are probable. The USPTO was subject to suits where adverse outcomes were probable and claims were $200 thousand as of September 30, 2010.

For the years ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, the USPTO was not required to make any payments to the Judgment Fund.

As of September 30, 2011 and 2010, the USPTO did not have any major long-term commitments.

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