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Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2009
Management's Discussion and Analysis

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Performance Goal 1: Optimize Patent Quality and Timeliness

Patent Quality

Quality improvement continues to drive many of the Patent organization’s new initiatives. The Patent organization continues to improve the quality of its products and services using in-depth reviews of work in progress and enhanced end-process reviews to provide feedback to examiners on areas for improvement, targeted training, and safeguards to ensure competencies. The in-process compliance rate is the percentage of applications reviewed during prosecution and prior to allowance that were found to be free of errors. The allowance compliance rate is the percentage of reviewed applications allowed by examiners that did not have any errors.

Measure: Patent Allowance Compliance Rate
FISCAL YEAR TARGET ACTUAL
2005 96.0% 95.4%
2006 96.0% 96.5%
2007 96.0% 96.5%
2008 96.0% 96.3%
2009 96.5% 96.9%
Target Met.
Measure: Patent In-Process Examination Compliance Rate
FISCAL YEAR TARGET ACTUAL
2005 84.0% 86.2%
2006 86.0% 90.0%
2007 90.0% 92.2%
2008 92.0% 92.5%
2009 93.0% 93.2%
Target Met.

Patent Pendency

The two primary measures of Patent organization processing time are: (1) average first action pendency, which measures the average time in months from filing until an examiner’s initial determination is made of the patentability of an invention; and (2) average total pendency, which measures the average time in months from filing until the application is issued as a patent or abandoned by the applicant. The Patent organization met their pendency targets due to a significantly increased retention rate and to efficiencies gained within the examination corps, which are reflected in the percent of examination time increasing by over two percent from last year.

Measure: Patent Average First Action Pendency
FISCAL YEAR TARGET (Months) ACTUAL (Months)
2005 21.3 21.1
2006 22.0 22.6
2007 23.7 25.3
2008 26.9 25.6
2009 27.5 25.8
Target Met.
Measure: Patent Average Total Pendency
FISCAL YEAR TARGET (Months) ACTUAL (Months)
2005 31.0 29.1
2006 31.3 31.1
2007 33.0 31.9
2008 34.7 32.2
2009 37.9 34.6
Target Met.

PATENT E-FILING AND E-MANAGEMENT

The USPTO also created a fully electronic patent application management process whereby all patent examiners, technical support staff, and adjunct users can access an electronic image of all patent applications. Patent automation includes more than a dozen specialized applications used in patent examination, multiple search systems, databases, and commonly used office applications.

Measure: Patent Applications Filed Electronically
FISCAL YEAR TARGET ACTUAL
2005 4.0% 2.2%
2006 10.0% 14.2%
2007 40.0% 49.3%
2008 69.0% 71.7%
2009 80.0% 82.5%Read Footnote 11
Target Met.

1: Preliminary data. (back to text)

Patent Efficiency

Measures the relative cost-effectiveness of the entire patent examination process over time, or the efficiency with which the organization applies its resources to production.

Measure: Patent Efficiency
FISCAL YEAR TARGET ACTUAL
2005 $4,122 $3,877
2006 $4,214 $3,798
2007 $4,253 $3,961
2008 $3,982 $3,773
2009 $3,562 $3,523
Target Met.
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