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Fiscal Year 2017 USPTO Budget

For FY 2017, the USPTO requests the authority to spend fee collections of $3,321 million. Along with $22 million from other income, these fee collections will fund operating requirements of $3,244 million and a transfer of $2 million to the Department of Commerce’s Office of the Inspector General, and 12,835 full-time equivalents (FTE), and will result in $97 million being added to the operating reserve balance.

At the FY 2017 funding level, the Office will continue implementing its 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, which highlights the following priorities:

  • Enhance patent and trademark quality by maintaining and improving quality measurement, and maximizing its usage to improve the quality of patent and trademark examination.  In patents, begin a renewed and enhanced focus on quality which centers on excellence in prosecution products and services, and customer service, as well as measurement.
  • Continue to reduce patent pendency and the backlog of unexamined patent applications, while working with stakeholders to refine long-term pendency goals that will meet the needs of both the Office and the intellectual property community.
  • Maintain trademark pendency by continuing to align examination capacity with incoming workloads.
  • Increase efficiencies and examination capacity, such as hiring and retaining a nationwide workforce.
  • Increase the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB’s) ability to provide timely and high quality decisions by defining optimal pendencies for PTAB proceedings, and ensuring consistency in PTAB decisions.
  • Increase international cooperation and work sharing.
  • Ensure optimal information technology service delivery to both employees and stakeholders by transitioning to next generation technology and services, while continuing to provide optimal service on legacy systems to employees and public users.
  • Continue and enhance stakeholder and public outreach to promote the availability of educational resources for applicants and other users.
  • Continue the transition to a sustainable funding model.
  • Continue implementing White House Executive Actions to improve the environment for future innovation.

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