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Tuesday Jul 20, 2010

USPTO Strategic Plan - Now Open for Comment

Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos

By now you have probably heard that the USPTO draft Strategic Plan for 2010-2015 is posted and open for comment.  We recently announced that we have extended the comment period to August 2.  If you have not done so already, please visit our Web site and review the plan, then send your comments to strategicplan@uspto.gov.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Comments:

While the stated objectives of the Strategic Plan are laudatory, the legislature's continued practice of fee diversion presents a challenge to the USPTO's admirable efforts to improve the patent law system. http://www.generalpatent.com/media/videos/general-patent-gets-results-its-clients

Posted by patent litigation on July 21, 2010 at 03:49 PM EDT #

Dear Mr. Kappos: I read your strategic plan and I admire what you have done and intend to do about the USPTO. I am sincere about my views of your work with the USPTO and am not just stating it to get your attention. The only thing that is missing from your admirable efforts is that as soon as an examiner approves a patent the inventor is stuck with getting the invention made and produced in China or some other foreign country. The USA is in dire need of Jobs and all of your efforts are providing jobs for other countries, not the USA. If an inventor was offered a grant from the Department of Commerce with a stipulation that it had to be made in the USA by USA citizens with the assistance of the Small Business Bureau,jobs in the USA would be substantially increased. Most inventors are not business people and simply sell their licence to a company who produces the invention overseas. A short example of how it would work: The inventor could hire competent staff to run the business ( the "grant") who would acquire a factory and employees who are looking for jobs. If after an agreed time (3 to 5 years) the company fails to make a profit the patent would become public and corporations could invest in the invention by paying to the government all of the monies expended to the company and retaining all of the line employees, therefore keeping the jobs going with the ability to streamline the staffing where necessary. Hope you get to read this, I have spoken to your secretary and others including my congress person, my partners congress person, reps from the small business bureau and people in the Dept. of Commerce. Have you ever seen what grants the Dept. of Commerce approves? Nothing in there for all of the working people who are out of work. I can be reached at 845 988 6653 if you or one of your associates would like to discuss this further. Sincerely, Bob Logan

Posted by Bob Logan on July 22, 2010 at 08:04 PM EDT #

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