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Fiscal Year 2022 USPTO Budget

The USPTO’s Fiscal Year(FY) 2022 President’s Budget Submission (Budget) seeks $3.994 billion in spending authority to fund the agency’s FY 2022 budgetary requirements ($3.550 billion for patents and $444 million for trademarks), which include 13,723 positions and provide for a transfer of $2 million to DOC’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). User fee collections of $4,058 million, comprised of $3,608 million in patent fees and $450 million in trademark fees, and $52 million in other income, will offset total spending. The appropriation request is based on spending requirements, not fee collections; this is a change from prior requests in which the appropriation was based on fee collections. This results in an estimated deposit of $65 million into the Patent and Trademark Fee Reserve Fund (PTFRF) and $52 million into the USPTO operating reserves (ORs), resulting in a net appropriation of $0 for the USPTO.

The Budget is predicated on workload demand and fee collection estimates derived from production and workload models and global and domestic indicators of economic and IP activity that inform the USPTO’s projections of application filings and patent and trademark renewals. The ORs discussed below, combined with the ability to access and spend all fees collected timely and the authority to adjust fees via the regulatory process, allow the Office to mitigate operational impacts caused by changes in the global IP environment and economic volatility.

As a fully fee-funded agency, and consistent with standard private sector practices, the USPTO maintains ORs for both Patents and Trademarks to provide optimal resources to preserve planned operational capacity when the revenue stream or funding availability is uncertain; to operate when fee collections fall short of estimates; to match fee collections to budgetary requirements over time; and to provide supplemental funding when budgetary requirements grow due to unexpected increases in application filings, capital investment needs, or other factors. The USPTO remains committed to fiscal responsibility and makes prudent choices when aligning spending priorities with revenue projections. Maintaining the fee setting authority granted by the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) (35 U.S.C. § 42(c)), as extended by the Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success (SUCCESS) Act of 2018; having full and timely access to all fees collected; and growing ORs to optimal levels will enable the Office to shield mission-critical operations from potential economic or financial disruptions.

Download the USPTO FY 2022 President's Budget Request [PDF]

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