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Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2008
Management's Discussion and Analysis

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Performance Audits and Evaluations

The OIG completed two evaluations during FY 2008. The first report, USPTO Has Reasonable Controls Over Personal Property, but Additional Improvements Are Needed (March 2008), focused on the effectiveness of USPTO’s internal controls over laptops and other accountable property. The OIG found that the USPTO has made a commitment to establish an effective system of internal controls regarding accountable property; however, additional controls are needed. The USPTO concurred with the OIG’s audit findings and began to address all recommendations. Some examples included: expanding property accountability training to include all individuals who support a property custodian; established an asset management Web site; and developing a plan to notify property accountability officers regarding their responsibility to verify the inventory of property assigned to their property custodians.

The second report, The Overseas Intellectual Property Rights Attaché Program is Generally Working Well but a Comprehensive Operating Plan Is Needed (July 2008), evaluated the effectiveness of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Attaché Program. The OIG found the program was valuable and working well; however, findings and recommendation were made to improve the effectiveness of the program. The USPTO will continue to work closely with the International Trade Administration (ITA) Commercial Services (CS) and the U.S. Department of State to better define the IPR attachés’ roles and responsibilities, improve their training, ensure program continuity and establish guidelines and criteria for the possible expansion of the program.

These evaluations were performed in support of the Management Goal: Achieve Organizational Excellence.

Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART)

Performance Data Verification and Validation

Performance Goal 1: Optimize Patent Quality and Timeliness

Performance Goal 2: Optimize Trademark Quality and Timeliness

Performance Goal 3: Improve Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement Domestically and Abroad

Commissioner's Performance for FY 2008

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