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Fiscal Year 2019 USPTO Budget

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, the USPTO requests the authority to spend fee collections of $3,516M. Along with $39M from other income and the use of $5M from the operating reserve balance; these fee collections will fund operating requirements of $3,561M, including 13,148 positions; a transfer of $2M to the Department of Commerce Office of the Inspector General. With full access to its fee collections to offset its funding requirements, the USPTO’s FY 2019 net appropriation would be $0.

USPTO’s FY 2019 President’s Budget (Budget) continues to support 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 independent authority to adjust both patent and trademark user fees via the regulatory process enables the Office to set fees at a level to recover the aggregate costs of its operations, including investments in strategic agency goals, and respond to changing market needs. The Budget supports a 10 year extension of the authority of the Director of the USPTO to set or adjust any fee under Section 10, subsection (a) of the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA).

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. 

Download the USPTO FY 2019 President's Budget Request [PDF]

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