Coming Soon: Draft USPTO 2010-2015 Strategic Plan
Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos
I’m writing today about a major challenge and opportunity for the USPTO—and for the entire IP community.
In the coming days we will be releasing, for employee and public comment, the Draft 2010-2015 USPTO Strategic Plan.
Today, I’m asking the entire IP community to invest in the formulation of this plan.
The draft plan sets out the USPTO’s mission-focused strategic goals: optimize patent quality and timeliness; optimize trademark quality and timeliness; and provide global and domestic leadership to improve IP policy, protection, and enforcement worldwide.
The plan identifies the objectives we believe are necessary to achieve the strategic goals and sets out the projects, initiatives, and programs we’ll use to get there.
The objectives are:
Provide timely examination of patent applications. Reduce the time to first office action on the merits for patent applications to 10 months, and average total pendency to 20 months
Improve quality of patent and trademark examination
Improve/enhance patent appeal and post-grant processes
Optimize trademark quality and maintain pendency
Demonstrate global leadership in all aspects of IP policy development
Improve IT infrastructure and tools
Implement a sustainable funding model for operations
Improve relations with employees and stakeholders
In the weeks, months, and years to come, we’re counting on USPTO employees and the IP community to unite around the strategic plan. We all need to believe in this plan in order to properly execute it. That’s why I want the plan to reflect the values and knowledge of the entire IP community—that includes the ideas of our employees, public stakeholders, and USPTO management.
We invite your comments, your questions, and your suggestions for improvement to help us refine our Strategic Plan.
Our success will ensure that the USPTO and the American IP system continue to fuel the U.S. economy and job growth by spurring innovation, creativity and ingenuity.
Please stay tuned for the release of the draft plan in the coming days. We look forward to your feedback on it.