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Congressional Budget Justifications

Fiscal Year 2018 USPTO Budget

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the USPTO requests the authority to spend fee collections of $3,586M. Along with $29M from other income, these fee collections will fund operating requirements of $3,501M, including 13,249 full-time equivalents (FTE); a transfer of $2M to the Department of Commerce Office of the Inspector General (OIG); and the addition of $113M to the operating reserve balance. With full access to its fee collections to offset its funding requirements, the USPTO’s FY 2018 net appropriation would be $0.

USPTO’s FY 2018 President’s Budget (Budget) fully supports the USPTO 2014-2018 Strategic Plan priorities of enhancing quality; reducing patent pendency and backlog; maintaining trademark pendency and quality; completing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings timely; providing domestic and global leadership in intellectual property (IP); investing in modernizing the USPTO’s information technology (IT); and conducting stakeholder and public outreach, including educating small businesses on obtaining and protecting IP.

The USPTO operates like a business by fulfilling requests from around the world for IP products and services in exchange for fee payments. In many instances, these requests with fees are received in one fiscal year and fulfilled in a subsequent year, requiring a multi-year planning and budgeting process.

The Budget is predicated on workload demand and fee collection estimates derived from production and workload models. The Budget also reflects USPTO’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and efficiency by making prudent choices when aligning spending priorities with revenue projections and ensuring sufficient operating reserves to shield mission-critical operations against potential disruptions. The Office’s performance targets are predicated on full production-related hiring.

Download the USPTO 2018 President's Budget Request [PDF]

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