The President's fiscal year 2006 budget request for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is $1.7 billion, equaling anticipated FY 2006 fee collections from patent and trademark filings.
The FY 2006 request represents a $149 million increase over FY 2005, and reflects an anticipated rise in patent and trademark fee collections. The USPTO's FY 2005 budget allows the agency to collect in FY 2005 and 2006 the fee increases requested by the Administration in the United States Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act of 2003 (H.R. 1561).
"The President's budget request for fiscal year 2006 permits the USPTO to continue the work necessary to fulfill promises made in the 21st Century Strategic Plan," noted Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property.
In FY 2006, the USPTO anticipates hiring 900 patent examiners and 75 trademark examining attorneys. By the end of FY 2006, the USPTO expects to have over 4,500 patent examiners and over 350 trademark examining attorneys.
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