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An Update on the USPTO's FY 2011 Budget
Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos
As you may know, the FY 2011 budget was enacted on April 15, 2011 and contains the USPTO’s appropriation through the end of this fiscal year, September 30, 2011. With the enactment of the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, our total spending authority for FY 2011 has been limited to $2.09 billion.
Given this level of spending authority, USPTO will have to make significant reductions for the current fiscal year.
We have not come by these decisions lightly; I recognize that these measures will create new challenges for our ability to carry out our agency’s mission, but we will continue seeking innovative ways to do more with less.
Effective immediately and until further notice:
In addition, business units will be required to reduce all other non-compensation-related expenses, including travel, conferences and contracts.
Trademarks is unaffected and will maintain normal operations.
I would like to thank our entire team for their continuing cooperation and patience, and for their dedication and service during this challenging time.