Introduction to Performance
In FY 2010, the USPTO issued its 2010-2015 Strategic Plan, which recognizes that innovation has become the principal driver of our modern economy by stimulating economic growth and creating high-paying jobs. America’s innovators rely on the U.S. patent and trademark systems to secure investment capital and to bring their products and services to the marketplace as soon as possible. Therefore, it is critical for America’s innovators to have a well-run USPTO.
The USPTO 2010-2015 Strategic Plan (www.uspto.gov/about/stratplan/index.jsp) is designed to strengthen the capacity of the USPTO by focusing on a specific set of goals and the steps we must take to reach those goals, as follows:
- Provide timely examination of patent applications: Reduce the average time to first office action for patent applications to 10 months (average time from filing until an examiner’s initial determination on patentability), and average total pendency to 20 months (average time from filing until the application is issued as a patent or abandoned)
- Improve quality of patent examination
- Improve/enhance patent appeal and post-grant processes
- Optimize trademark quality and maintain pendency
- Demonstrate global leadership in all aspects of IP policy development
- Improve information technology (IT) infrastructure and tools
- Implement a sustainable funding model for operations
- Improve relations with employees and stakeholders.
While funding constraints this past year caused us to take actions that postponed full implementation of some strategic plan initiatives, we are still committed to achieving the goals and objectives in the USPTO 2010-2015 Strategic Plan.
These priorities support the DOC’s theme of economic growth, and the goal of delivering the tools, systems, policies and technologies critical to transforming our economy, fostering U.S. competitiveness, and driving the development of new businesses.
Our plan communicates the USPTO’s priorities and directions, and serves as the foundation for programmatic and management functions. As a management tool for tracking progress in meeting each of our performance commitments, the plan includes a Balanced Scorecard which identifies the objectives, initiatives, and performance measures associated with each strategic goal. These performance commitments are outlined in the strategic framework presented in Table 1.
Following the presentation of the Strategic Planning Framework, a summary table (Table 2) provides trend information on performance results within each strategic goal. This is followed by a more detailed discussion of our strategy and performance results, by strategic objective within each strategic goal.
Fostering innovation, competitiveness and economic growth, domestically and abroad by
Leading the Nation and the World in Intellectual Property Protection and Policy.
|Strategic Goals with Resources Invested||Objectives|
|Re-Engineer Patent Process to Increase Efficiencies and Strengthen Effectiveness|
|Increase Patent Application Examination Capacity|
|Improve Patent Pendency and Quality by Increasing International Cooperation and Work Sharing|
|Measure and Improve Patent Quality|
|Improve Appeal and Post-Grant Processes|
|Develop and Implement the Patent End-to-End Processing System|
|Maintain Trademark First Action Pendency on Average between 2.5 – 3.5 Months with 12.5 Months Final Pendency|
|Continuously Monitor and Improve Trademark Quality|
|Ensure Accuracy of Identifications of Goods and Services in Trademark Applications and Registrations|
|Enhance Operations of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)|
|Modernize IT System by Developing and Implementing the Trademark Next Generation IT System|
|Develop a New Generation of Trademark Leaders|
|Provide Domestic Leadership on IP Policy Issues and Development of a National IP Strategy|
|Provide Leadership on International Policies for Improving the Protection and Enforcement of IP Rights (IPR)|
|Improve IT Infrastructure and Tools|
|Implement a Sustainable Funding Model for Operations|
|Improve Employee and Stakeholder Relations|